keep one's nose clean
phrasal to avoid trouble especially through good behavior

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • keep one's nose clean — {v. phr.}, {slang} To stay out of trouble; do only what you should do. * /The boss said Jim could have the job as long as he kept his nose clean and worked hard./ * /The policeman warned the boys to keep their noses clean unless they wanted to go …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep one's nose clean — {v. phr.}, {slang} To stay out of trouble; do only what you should do. * /The boss said Jim could have the job as long as he kept his nose clean and worked hard./ * /The policeman warned the boys to keep their noses clean unless they wanted to go …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep one's nose clean — verb To stay out of trouble …   Wiktionary

  • Keep one's nose clean — follow rules and regulations meticulously so as to avoid any blame …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • keep one's nose clean — Australian Slang follow rules and regulations meticulously so as to avoid any blame …   English dialects glossary

  • nose — noseless, adj. noselike, adj. /nohz/, n., v., nosed, nosing. n. 1. the part of the face or facial region in humans and certain animals that contains the nostrils and the organs of smell and functions as the usual passageway for air in respiration …   Universalium

  • nose — See: COUNT HEADS or COUNT NOSES, CUT OFF ONE S NOSE TO SPITE ONE S FACE, FOLLOW ONE S NOSE, GO INTO A TAIL SPIN or GO INTO A NOSE DIVE, HARD NOSED, KEEP ONE S NOSE CLEAN, KEEP ONE S NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE, LEAD BY THE NOSE, LOOK DOWN ONE S NOSE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nose — See: COUNT HEADS or COUNT NOSES, CUT OFF ONE S NOSE TO SPITE ONE S FACE, FOLLOW ONE S NOSE, GO INTO A TAIL SPIN or GO INTO A NOSE DIVE, HARD NOSED, KEEP ONE S NOSE CLEAN, KEEP ONE S NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE, LEAD BY THE NOSE, LOOK DOWN ONE S NOSE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clean — See: COME CLEAN, KEEP ONE S NOSE CLEAN, MAKE A CLEAN BREAST OF, NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN, TAKE TO ONE S HEELS, also SHOW A CLEAN PAIR OF HEELS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clean — See: COME CLEAN, KEEP ONE S NOSE CLEAN, MAKE A CLEAN BREAST OF, NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN, TAKE TO ONE S HEELS, also SHOW A CLEAN PAIR OF HEELS …   Dictionary of American idioms

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