WOTW: nose

| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |

triplo word of the week - nose


今週の #WOTW は「nose」です。You are probably familiar with ’nose’ as a noun, but did you know it can also be a verb? It is also used in quite a few idioms. Let’s have a look!


As a noun:


- Cyrano de Bergerac had a big nose. (the part of your body sticking out above your mouth through which you smell and breathe)/p>

- A lot of people suffer from a runny nose in spring. (as above)

- This wine has a woody nose. (smell)

- Should the airplane run out of fuel, it would go down nose first. (the front part of a vehicle, usually an aircraft)


Now as a verb:


- Stop nosing around my room! (to look around trying to find something)

- The police nosed around the house, but they couldn’t find anything. (as above)

- The driver carefully nosed his car on the pavement before taking the road. (move a vehicle forward slowly)


And here are a few interesting idioms:


- [be (right) under your nose] After spending 30 minutes looking for my keys, I realised they were right under my nose! (in a place where I could easily see them)

- [by a nose] He won the race by a nose. (by a very little difference)

- [get up somebody’s nose] Stop it already! You’re really getting up my nose. (you’re annoying me)

- [have one’s nose in a book] He always has his nose in a book. (he’s always reading)

- [have a good nose for something] She has a good nose for restaurants. (she’s good at finding good restaurants)

- [keep your nose clean] In a neighbourhood like this, I always try to keep my nose clean. (to avoid problems. [keep your nose out of something] can also be used the same way)

- [nose in the air] God I hate her! She is always walking around with her nose in the air. (acting like she’s better than the rest, being arrogant)

- [see past the end of your nose] In business you really need to see past the end of your nose to be successful. (you need to consider the future, not only what’s immediate)

- [on the nose] That’s right on the nose. (that’s exactly right. Usually an amount)


発音は /nəʊz/(UK) とか/noʊz/(US) です。この言葉の音節は1つだから、後ろに「U」の音がありませんので、気をつけてください 。また来週!