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nose around

verb phrase

To show strong inquisitiveness; investigate, esp closely and slyly; pry: Why are you nosing around in my life in the first place? (1879+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • The Bear began to nose around the log very carefully to find out if the Bees were at home.

  • You'll go sticking your nose around that domicile some time and get it knocked off!

  • At your invitation I'll make myself scarce, and nose around.

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
  • I thought I could get out here and nose around without him knowing it.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Then we return to our feeding grounds, and nose around in the water for our supper.

  • Presently, as Alex had said, the dugout showed its nose around the bend.

  • It gives the reader the idea he is invited to nose around those locks, when he had really better quiet down and keep away.

    Golden Lads Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
  • While admiring it, a Rebel gunboat poked her nose around the point.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • I can't take any money for it, naturally—but I'm willing to nose around a little more for you if I can.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He began to nose around among the leaves to find out what was the matter.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis

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