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Nose and Ears: He Has His Nose In the Air

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a person's nose is important for breathing and smelling. the nose is also used in many popular expressions.

some people are able to "lead other people by the nose." for example, if a wife "leads her husband by the nose," she makes him do whatever she wants him to do.

some people are said to be "hard-nosed." they will not change their opinions or positions on anything. if someone is hard-nosed, chances are he will never "pay through the nose", or pay too much money, for an object or service.

it is always helpful when people "keep their nose out of other people's business." they do not interfere. the opposite of this is someone who "noses around" all the time. this kind of person is interested in other people's private matters. he is considered "nosey."

someone who keeps his "nose to the grindstone" works very hard. this can help a worker "keep his nose clean" or stay out of trouble.

one unusual expression is "that is no skin off my nose." this means that a situation does not affect or concern me. we also say that sometimes a person "cuts off his nose to spite his face." that is, he makes a situation worse for himself by doing something foolish because he is angry.

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