rub one's nose in
phrasal to bring forcefully or repeatedly to one's attention

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  • rub one's nose in — phrasal : to bring forcefully or repeatedly to one s attention the satirist s business is to rub our noses in the mess, without relief R.B.Heilman …   Useful english dictionary

  • nose — [nōz] n. [ME < OE nosu, akin to Ger nase, orig. a dual, meaning “the two nostrils” < IE base * nas , nostril > Sans nāsā, the nose, lit., pair of nostrils, L nasus, nose & naris (pl. nares), nostril] 1. the part of the human face between …   English World dictionary

  • rub — ► VERB (rubbed, rubbing) 1) apply firm pressure to (a surface) with a repeated back and forth motion. 2) move to and fro against a surface while pressing or grinding against it. 3) apply with a rubbing action. 4) (rub down) dry, smooth, or clean… …   English terms dictionary

  • rub noses — ► rub noses rub one s nose against someone else s in greeting (as is traditional among Maoris and some other peoples). Main Entry: ↑rub …   English terms dictionary

  • rub noses — rub one s nose against someone else s in greeting (especially as traditional among Maoris and some other peoples). → rub …   English new terms dictionary

  • rub noses — rub one s nose against someone else s in greeting (esp. as traditional among Maoris and some other peoples) …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — n. & v. n. 1 an organ above the mouth on the face or head of a human or animal, containing nostrils and used for smelling and breathing. 2 a the sense of smell (dogs have a good nose). b the ability to detect a particular thing (a nose for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub — verb (rubs, rubbing, rubbed) 1》 apply firm pressure to the surface of, using a repeated back and forth motion.     ↘move to and fro against a surface.     ↘apply with a rubbing action: she rubbed some cream on her nose.     ↘(rub something… …   English new terms dictionary

  • rub — 1. v. & n. v. (rubbed, rubbing) 1 tr. move one s hand or another object with firm pressure over the surface of. 2 tr. (usu. foll. by against, in, on, over) apply (one s hand etc.) in this way. 3 tr. clean or polish or make dry or bare by rubbing …   Useful english dictionary

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