- nose1 W2S2 [nəuz US nouz] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(on your face)¦2 (right) under somebody's nose3 stick/poke your nose into something4 keep your nose out (of something)5 turn your nose up (at something)6 with your nose in the air7 have a (good) nose for something8 get (right) up somebody's nose9 keep your nose clean10 on the nose11 keep your nose to the grindstone12 have your nose in a book/magazine/newspaper13 by a nose14 have a nose around15 put somebody's nose out of joint16 nose to tail17¦(plane)¦18¦(smell)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: nosu]1.) ¦(ON YOUR FACE)¦the part of a person's or animal's face used for smelling or breathing▪ He's got a really big nose .▪ He took out a tissue and blew his nose .▪ Stop picking your nose !▪ Someone punched him on the nose .▪ He broke his nose playing football.▪ Rachel had a sore throat and runny nose all day yesterday.▪ Tina wrinkled her nose as if she was smelling bad meat.2.) (right) under sb's nosea) if something bad or illegal happens under someone's nose, they do not notice it even though it is happening very close to them and they should have noticed it▪ The drugs were smuggled in right under the noses of the security guards.b) if something is right under someone's nose, they cannot see it even though it is very close to them▪ The key was right under my nose all the time.3.) stick/poke your nose into sthto become involved in something that does not concern you, in a way that annoys people→↑nosy▪ She always has to stick her nose into matters that do not concern her.4.) keep your nose out (of sth)spoken to avoid becoming involved in something that does not concern you▪ I wish he'd keep his nose out of my business!5.) turn your nose up (at sth) informal to refuse to accept something because you do not think it is good enough for you▪ My children turn their noses up at home cooking.6.) with your nose in the airbehaving as if you are more important than other people and not talking to them▪ She just walked past with her nose in the air.7.) have a (good) nose for sthto be naturally good at finding and recognizing something▪ a reporter with a good nose for a story8.) get (right) up sb's noseBrE spoken to annoy someone very much▪ I wish he wouldn't keep interrupting. It really gets up my nose.9.) keep your nose cleanspoken to make sure you do not get into trouble, or do anything wrong or illegal▪ Sid's got to keep his nose clean or he'll end up back in prison.10.) on the noseAmE spoken exactly▪ He gets up at 6 a.m. on the nose every morning.11.) keep your nose to the grindstone informalto work very hard, without stopping to rest▪ Jim had decided he was going to keep his nose to the grindstone.12.) have your nose in a book/magazine/newspaperto be reading a book etc, especially with a lot of interest▪ She always had her nose in a book.13.) by a noseif a horse wins a race by a nose, it only just wins14.) have a nose aroundBrE spoken to look around a place in order to try to find something, when there is no one else there15.) put sb's nose out of joint informalto annoy someone, especially by attracting everyone's attention away from them▪ His nose has been a bit out of joint ever since Marion got here.16.) nose to tailespecially BrE cars, buses etc that are nose to tail are in a line without much space between them▪ Traffic was nose to tail for three miles.17.) ¦(PLANE)¦the pointed front end of a plane, ↑rocket etc18.) ¦(SMELL)¦ [singular]the smell of a wine or tobacco= ↑bouquet→↑hard-nosed, ↑brown-nose,cut off your nose to spite your face at cut OFF(10), ↑nose job,lead sb by the nose at ↑lead1 (16), look down your nose at sb/sth at ↑look1 (8), pay through the nose at ↑pay1 (16), as plain as the nose on your face at ↑plain1 (1), poke your nose into sth at ↑poke1 (7), powder your nose at ↑powder2 (2), rub sb's nose in it/in the dirt at ↑rub1 (9), thumb your nose at sb/sth at ↑thumb2 (2)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1big/long nosehooked nose/Roman nose (=a nose that curves out near the top)snub nose (=a small nose that curves up at the end)blow your nose (=clear your nose by blowing strongly into a piece of cloth)wipe your nosepick your nose (=remove dirt from your nose with your finger)punch somebody on the nosebreak your noseyour nose is running (=liquid is coming out of your nose)runny nose (=when liquid is coming out of your nose)blocked nose (=you cannot breathe easily through your nose)wrinkle your nosethe bridge of your nose (=the upper part, between your eyes)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬nose 2nose2 v[>always + adv/prep I, T]if a vehicle, boat etc noses forward, or if you nose it forward, it moves forward slowly= ↑edge nose its way along/through etc sth▪ The bus nosed its way along the street.▪ She carefully nosed the car forward through the traffic.nose around () [nose around (sth)] phr vto look around a place in order to try to find something, when there is no one else there▪ What were you doing nosing around in my office?nose into [nose into sth] phr vto try to find out private information about someone or something, especially in a way that is annoyingnose out [nose sth<=>out] phr v1.) to discover some information that someone else does not want you to discover▪ The media always manage to nose out some interesting facts about a politician's past life.2.) to defeat someone by a very small amount in a race, competition etc
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.