sniff around/round

phrasal verb

sniffed around/round; sniffing around/round; sniffs around/round
British, informal
: to try to get (someone) as a romantic partner, employee, etc.
His engagement hasn't stopped him from sniffing around other girls.
Rival companies have been sniffing around her for years.

Examples of sniff around/round in a Sentence

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“Sniff around/round.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sniff%20around%2Fround. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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