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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The poll found they picked their noses in public, wore women's underwear in bed and sang along to songs when they didn't know the words.
Innsbruck-based Prof Bischinger said people who picked their noses were healthier, happier and better in tune with their bodies than those who opted for the handkerchief.