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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Lots ofparentscatch their children picking their noses and tell them off for it - and that's because it's gross.
KIDS reckon that parents are the worst behaved on car journeys by shouting, swearing, singing badly and picking their noses.
Bleeding happens when the crust is ruptured in cases of children picking their noses, or with minimal trauma."
And it has been estimated that three quarters believe that their children are imitating their bad habits - from picking their noses to wiping their noses with their sleeve.
Uncouth male passengers also annoy them by picking their noses - and BREAKING WIND.
Welsh motorists are worst for picking their noses compared with their Northern Irish counterparts, who claim they never do
36 per cent of men admit to picking their nose behind the wheel occasionally, compared with 22 per cent of women
This saves the one or two children that are actually picking their noses or sucking their fingers from having attention drawn to them.
It's hard enough picking a winner in the bookies, now the punters can't even get picking their noses.
``It is with regret that we have to ask all customers to please refrain from spitting on the floor and/or picking their nose and then handing their betting slips to the staff.
Welsh motorists are worst for picking their noses; their counterparts in Northern Ireland, on the other hand, claim they never do.
A further 16% admit to picking their nose when behind the wheel.