nos·​ing | \ ˈnō-ziŋ How to pronounce nosing (audio) \

Definition of nosing

: the usually rounded edge of a stair tread that projects over the riser also : a similar rounded projection

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Recent Examples on the Web Yes, Pence’s brown-nosing of Trump is cringeworthy to those not initiated in the cult. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Actually, Pence’s Toadying Is His Best Shot at Becoming President," 17 May 2018 Another collared wolf known as OR-44 was tracked in March nosing around eastern Siskiyou County, apparently looking for females. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wolves in Northern California aren’t just loping through anymore; they’re here to stay," 9 May 2018 Even more disturbing than one of the crimes described — and the near-constant background howls — is the convicts’ willingness to bare their souls for the nosing-around camera. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In Folsom State Prison, ‘The Work’ Sets You Free," 26 Oct. 2017 Those in power dislike the public nosing around in their business and are forever looking to shield themselves from scrutiny. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "The War on the Freedom of Information Act," 23 July 2017 Report: presidential brown-nosing does wonders for stocks Is your board of directors on your case about your company’s stock price? Bess Levin, The Hive, "Exxon Says “Egregious” Sanctions Violations Were Just a Misunderstanding," 20 July 2017 Kelpie finishes long with the aroma of molasses from the initial nosing returning, and with notes of deep-sea kelp, dank moss and camphor. Jim Brucker,, "A taste of Russian wood in a new scotch from Ardbeg," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of nosing

1773, in the meaning defined above

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“Nosing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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