nose around

phrasal verb
nosed around; nosing around; noses around

Definition of nose around

: to search for something (such as private or hidden information) in usually a quiet or secret way She caught him nosing around in her papers/office. The police nosed around the property for a while, but they didn't find anything.

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“Nose around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nose%20around. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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