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• nose around
v. phr. informal
To look for something kept private or secret; poke about; explore; inquire; pry.

In Grandmother's attic, Sally spent a while nosing about in the old family pictures.

The detective was nosing around in the crowd looking for pickpockets.

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  • Nose around — Nose around, v. i. to look around or search, especially where one has no authority to do so; to pry; to be nosy. Same as {nose[2]}, v. i. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nose around — nose about you check the bedrooms and we ll nose around the kitchen Syn: investigate, explore, ferret around/through, rummage around/through, search; delve into, peer into; prowl around; informal snoop around/about …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • nose around — phrasal : to sniff around : explore plant auditors may also be found nosing around scrap heaps to see whether material is being wasted Hugh Morrow * * * ˌnose a ˈround ˌnose a ˈbout british [intransitive/transitive] [he/she/it noses aro …   Useful english dictionary

  • nose around — phrasal verb nose around or nose about [intransitive/transitive] Word forms nose around : he/she/it noses around present participle nosing around past tense nosed around past participle nosed around showing disapproval British nose around/about… …   English dictionary

  • nose around — PHRASAL VERB If you nose around or nose about, you look around a place that belongs to someone else, to see if you can find something interesting. [INFORMAL] [V P n] Accountants are nosing around the BBC at the moment, conducting an efficiency… …   English dictionary

  • nose around — Synonyms and related words: be curious, beat the bushes, burn with curiosity, burrow, delve, dig, dig around for, dig up, explore, forage, frisk, gape, gawk, go through, hunt, inquire, interrogate, look around, look round, look through, nose… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • nose around — look for something kept private or secret, pry The secretary was nosing around in her boss s desk trying to discover what was going on …   Idioms and examples

  • nose around — to try to discover information. Justice Department lawyers started nosing around after they received a complaint from a former employee. Related vocabulary: sniff out someone/something …   New idioms dictionary

  • nose around (for something) — ˌnose aˈbout/aˈround (for sth) derived to look for sth, especially information about sb Syn: ↑poke about • We found a man nosing around in our backyard. Main entry: ↑nosederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • nose around/about/round — INVESTIGATE, explore, ferret (about/around), rummage, search; delve into, peer into; prowl around; informal snoop about/around/round. → nose …   Useful english dictionary

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