pick (one's) nose

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pick (one's) nose

1. Literally, to remove nasal mucus (i.e., "boogers") with one's finger. Tommy! Quit picking your nose, that's a filthy habit!
2. By extension, to dawdle, fool around, or waste time idly. No wonder we're losing so much money—half our staff just stands around picking their noses for most of the day!
See also: nose, pick
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Washington, May 20 ( ANI ): Sandra Bullock told grad students to not pick their noses while giving a speech to graduate students of the Warren Easton Charter High School's commencement ceremony.
THE car is a place where Welsh drivers sing, talk to themselves, pick their noses - and even give their partners the boot, according to a survey published this morning.
You say that adults don't pick their noses. Think again and use your powers of observation.
Children get nosebleeds a lot as they pick their noses and are likely to rupture vessels.
-THE enjoyable Teen Species (BBC1, Wednesday) told how adolescent boys stink, pick their noses, have constant wet dreams and like fighting.
Funnies offers a glimpse into the lives of some disturbing characters; for example, the guys with what looks to be encephalitis who pick their noses, eat squid, wet their pants, and spit on their friends.
They nag, they smoke, they pick their noses and they distract you from football on the telly.
Mayor Carni said: "Some councillors pick their noses, some doodle - but that doesn't stop them doing their public duty.