- (transitive, informal) To find using one's sense of smell.
2011 September 12, Yogesh Avasthi, “It’s a dog’s life for railway sniffers”, in Ahmedabad Mirror:
- Trained to nose out anything from a hidden handgun to a cache of dynamite, the dogs are employed to check important trains like Rajdhani Express or Ashram Express when they arrive at the platform.
- 1837, Charles F. Partington, The british cyclopedia of natural history
- In the second place, do sharks really follow ships, when there are corpses on board, more than they do at other times ? and if so, by what particular organisation does a fish in the water continue to nose out the particular origin and direction of an effluvium...
- (transitive, informal, figuratively) To find by searching.
- (transitive, informal) To defeat by a small margin.
2011 September 3, Ron Gierkink, “Atlantic Hurricane beats Embur's Song”, in ESPN:
- Rashnaa nosed out Amiable Grace to finish a distant third in a field reduced to seven after the scratches of Comic Marvel and Dance to the Moon...