nose1 W2S2 [nəuz US nouz] n
ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye
1¦(on your face)¦
2 (right) under somebody's nose
3 stick/poke your nose into something
4 keep your nose out (of something)
5 turn your nose up (at something)
6 with your nose in the air
7 have a (good) nose for something
8 get (right) up somebody's nose
9 keep your nose clean
10 on the nose
11 keep your nose to the grindstone
12 have your nose in a book/magazine/newspaper
13 by a nose
14 have a nose around
15 put somebody's nose out of joint
16 nose to tail
[: Old English; Origin: nosu]
1.) ¦(ON YOUR FACE)¦
the part of a person's or animal's face used for smelling or breathing
→↑nasal, nostril ↑nostril
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 nose
a) 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 sth
to become involved in something that does not concern you, in a way that annoys people
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 air
behaving 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 sth
to be naturally good at finding and recognizing something
a reporter with a good nose for a story
8.) get (right) up sb's nose
BrE spoken to annoy someone very much
I wish he wouldn't keep interrupting. It really gets up my nose.
9.) keep your nose clean
spoken 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 nose
AmE spoken exactly
He gets up at 6 a.m. on the nose every morning.
11.) keep your nose to the grindstone informal
to 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/newspaper
to be reading a book etc, especially with a lot of interest
She always had her nose in a book.
13.) by a nose
if a horse wins a race by a nose, it only just wins
14.) have a nose around
BrE spoken to look around a place in order to try to find something, when there is no one else there
15.) put sb's nose out of joint informal
to 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 tail
especially 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 etc
18.) ¦(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 atlead1 (16), look down your nose at sb/sth atlook1 (8), pay through the nose atpay1 (16), as plain as the nose on your face atplain1 (1), poke your nose into sth atpoke1 (7), powder your nose atpowder2 (2), rub sb's nose in it/in the dirt atrub1 (9), thumb your nose at sb/sth atthumb2 (2)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
big/long nose
hooked 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 nose
pick your nose (=remove dirt from your nose with your finger)
punch somebody on the nose
break your nose
your 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 nose
the bridge of your nose (=the upper part, between your eyes)
nose 2
nose2 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 v
to 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 v
to try to find out private information about someone or something, especially in a way that is annoying
nose out [nose sth<=>out] phr v
1.) 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.

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