To lead by the nose
Nose Nose (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n["o]s, Sw. n["a]sa, Dan. n["a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos', L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) The prominent part of the face or anterior extremity of the head containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See {Nostril}, and {Olfactory organ} under {Olfactory}. [1913 Webster]

2. The power of smelling; hence, scent. [1913 Webster]

We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

3. A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the nose of a teakettle. [1913 Webster]

{Nose bit} (Carp.), a bit similar to a gouge bit, but having a cutting edge on one side of its boring end.

{Nose hammer} (Mach.), a frontal hammer.

{Nose hole} (Glass Making), a small opening in a furnace, before which a globe of crown glass is held and kept soft at the beginning of the flattening process.

{Nose key} (Carp.), a fox wedge.

{Nose leaf} (Zo["o]l.), a thin, broad, membranous fold of skin on the nose of many species of bats. It varies greatly in size and form.

{Nose of wax}, (fig.), a person who is pliant and easily influenced. ``A nose of wax to be turned every way.'' --Massinger

{Nose piece}, the nozzle of a pipe, hose, bellows, etc.; the end piece of a microscope body, to which an objective is attached.

{To hold one's nose to the grindstone}, {To put one's nose to the grindstone}, or {To bring one's nose to the grindstone}. See under {Grindstone}.

{To lead by the nose}, to lead at pleasure, or to cause to follow submissively; to lead blindly, as a person leads a beast. --Shak.

{To put one's nose out of joint}, to humiliate one's pride, esp. by supplanting one in the affections of another. [Slang]

{To thrust one's nose into}, to meddle officiously in.

{To wipe one's nose of}, to deprive of; to rob. [Slang]

{on the nose}, (a) exactly, accurately. (b) (racing) to win, as opposed to {to place} or {to show}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lead by the nose — verb conceal one s true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well • Syn: ↑bamboozle, ↑snow, ↑hoodwink, ↑pull the wool over someone …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead by the nose — lead (someone) by the nose to control someone and make them do exactly what you want them to do. They simply didn t know what they were doing and they were led by the nose by a manipulative government. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

  • lead by the nose — {v. phr.}, {informal} To have full control of; make or persuade (someone) to do anything whatever. * /Many people are easily influenced and a smart politician can lead them by the nose./ * /Don t let anyone lead you by the nose; use your own… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lead by the nose — {v. phr.}, {informal} To have full control of; make or persuade (someone) to do anything whatever. * /Many people are easily influenced and a smart politician can lead them by the nose./ * /Don t let anyone lead you by the nose; use your own… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lead\ by\ the\ nose — v. phr. informal To have full control of; make or persuade (someone) to do anything whatever. Many people are easily influenced and a smart politician can lead them by the nose. Don t let anyone lead you by the nose; use your own judgment and do… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lead by the nose — have full control of, make or persuade someone to do anything you want He isn t very aggressive and always lets his boss lead him by the nose …   Idioms and examples

  • lead by the nose — control, have the ability to rule over …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lead someone by the nose — lead (someone) by the nose to control someone and make them do exactly what you want them to do. They simply didn t know what they were doing and they were led by the nose by a manipulative government. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

  • lead somebody by the nose — lead sb by the ˈnose f13 idiom to make sb do everything you want; to control sb completely Main entry: ↑leadidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead someone by the nose — informal control someone totally, esp. by deceiving them * * * lead someone (around) by the nose see ↑nose, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑lead lead someone (around) by the nose informal : to completely control a person …   Useful english dictionary

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