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follow one's nose

Definition of follow one's nose


  1. 1 :  to go in a straight or obvious course <Just follow your nose until you get there; you can't miss it.>

  2. 2 :  to proceed without a definite plan :  to do what seems right or best without careful planning <You don't need my advice—just follow your nose.>

  3. 3 :  to go toward the place where a smell is coming from <I followed my nose to the kitchen, where dinner was cooking.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to go, proceed, or come after

    :  to engage in as a calling or way of life :  pursue

    :  to walk or proceed along

  1. :  the act or process of following

    :  forward spin given to a ball by striking it above center — compare draw, english

  1. :  the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity

    :  this part together with the nasal cavity

    :  the anterior part of the head at the top or end of the muzzle :  snout, proboscis

  1. :  to detect by or as if by smell :  scent

    :  to push or move with the nose

    :  to move (as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously

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