lead someone (around) by the nose

Definition of lead someone (around) by the nose

informal
:to completely control a person
  • I'm amazed that he lets them lead him around by the nose like that.

Word by Word Definitions

lead play
  1. : to guide on a way especially by going in advance

  2. : to direct on a course or in a direction

  3. : to serve as a channel for

  1. : leadership

  2. : example, precedent

  3. : position at the front : vanguard

  1. : acting or serving as a lead (see 2lead) or leader

  1. : a bluish-white soft malleable ductile plastic but inelastic heavy metallic element found mostly in combination and used especially in pipes, cable sheaths, batteries, solder, and shields against radioactivity — see Chemical Elements Table

  2. : a plummet for sounding at sea

  3. : a usually flat lead roof

  1. : to cover, line, or weight with lead (see 4lead)

  2. : to fix (window glass) in position with leads

  3. : to put space between the lines of (typeset matter)

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

around play
  1. : in a circle or in circumference

  2. : in, along, or through a circuit

  3. : on all or various sides : in every or any direction

  1. : on all sides of

  2. : so as to encircle or enclose

  3. : so as to avoid or get past : on or to another side of

  1. : about

  2. : being in existence, evidence, or circulation

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

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

  3. : the sense of smell : olfaction

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

  2. : to push or move with the nose

  3. : to move (something, such as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously


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