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1    beak, bill, conk     (slang)   hooter     (slang)   neb     (archaic or dialect)   proboscis, schnozzle     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   snitch     (slang)   snout     (slang)  
2    detect, scent, search (for), smell, sniff  
3    ease forward, nudge, nuzzle, push, shove  
4    meddle, pry, snoop     (informal)  

nose dive     
dive, drop, plummet, plunge  
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  ( noses    plural & 3rd person present)   ( nosing    present participle)   ( nosed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   Your nose is the part of your face which sticks out above your mouth. You use it for smelling and breathing.  
oft poss N  
She wiped her nose with a tissue..., She's got funny eyes and a big nose.     
2       n-count   The nose of a vehicle such as a car or aeroplane is the front part of it.  
oft poss N  
Sue parked off the main street, with the van's nose pointing away from the street.     
3       n-count   You can refer to your sense of smell as your nose.  
The river that runs through Middlesbrough became ugly on the eye and hard on the nose.     
4       verb   If a vehicle noses in a certain direction or if you nose it there, you move it slowly and carefully in that direction.  
He could not see the driver as the car nosed forward...      V adv/prep  
Ben drove past them, nosing his car into the garage.      V n prep/adv  
6    If you keep your nose clean, you behave well and stay out of trouble.  
keep one's nose clean      phrase   V and N inflect  
If you kept your nose clean, you had a job for life.     
7    If you follow your nose to get to a place, you go straight ahead or follow the most obvious route.  
follow one's nose      phrase   V and N inflect  
Just follow your nose and in about five minutes you're at the old railway.     
8    If you follow your nose, you do something in a particular way because you feel it should be done like that, rather than because you are following any plan or rules.  
follow one's nose      phrase   V and N inflect  
You won't have to think, just follow your nose.     
9    If you say that someone has a nose for something, you mean that they have a natural ability to find it or recognize it.  
have a nose for sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He had a nose for trouble and a brilliant tactical mind...     
10    If you say that someone or something gets up your nose, you mean that they annoy you.  
get up sb's nose      phrase   V and N inflect  
He's just getting up my nose so much at the moment.     
11    If you say that someone looks down their nose at something or someone, you mean that they believe they are superior to that person or thing and treat them with disrespect.  
look down one's nose at sb      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR at n     (disapproval)    They rather looked down their noses at anyone who couldn't speak French.     
12    If you say that you paid through the nose for something, you are emphasizing that you had to pay what you consider too high a price for it.  
pay through the nose      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR for n     (emphasis)    We don't like paying through the nose for our wine when eating out.     
13    If someone pokes their nose into something or sticks their nose into something, they try to interfere with it even though it does not concern them.  
poke one's nose into sth/stick one's nose into sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n     (disapproval)    (=meddle)  
We don't like strangers who poke their noses into our affairs..., Why did you have to stick your nose in?     
14    To rub someone's nose in something that they do not want to think about, such as a failing or a mistake they have made, means to remind them repeatedly about it.  
rub sb's nose in sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n  
His enemies will attempt to rub his nose in past policy statements.     
15    If you say that someone is cutting off their nose to spite their face, you mean they do something that they think will hurt someone, without realizing or caring that it will hurt themselves as well.  
cut off one's nose to spite one's face      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    There is evidence that the industry's greed means that it is cutting off its nose to spite its face.     
16    If vehicles are nose to tail, the front of one vehicle is close behind the back of another.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
nose to tail      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
...a line of about twenty fast-moving trucks driving nose to tail.     
in AM, use bumper-to-bumper     
17    If you thumb your nose at someone, you behave in a way that shows that you do not care what they think.  
thumb one's nose at sb      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR at n  
He has always thumbed his nose at the media.     
18    If you turn up your noseat something, you reject it because you think that it is not good enough for you.  
turn up one's nose at sth      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR at n  
I'm not in a financial position to turn up my nose at several hundred thousand pounds.     
19    If you do something under someone's nose, you do it right in front of them, without trying to hide it from them.  
under sb's nose      phrase   N inflects  
Okay so have an affair, but not right under my nose.     
    to put someone's nose out of joint  

nose job        ( nose jobs    plural  ) A nose job is a surgical operation that some people have to improve the shape of their nose.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
I've never had plastic surgery, though people always think I've had a nose job.     

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nose dive, nosey, noise, nosegay

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