- adj. Used other than as an idiom: see on, nose.
- adj. idiomatic Exact; precise; appropriate.
- adj. slang, Australia Smelly, malodorous; often used figuratively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (racing) to win, as opposed to
to placeor to show.
- adj. being precise with regard to a prescribed or specified criterion
- adv. just as it should be
“In his 1985 autobiography, Yeager claimed that a rocket thruster on the nose malfunctioned and stuck open, but some pilots at Edwards knowledgeable about the NF-104A and Yeager’s piloting of the aircraft that day have suggested that Yeager “plain screwed up,” letting his pitch attitude and angle of attack get away from him.”
“The pianist Aloys Schmitt has been flipped on the nose by the critics, although he is already over forty years old, and composes eighty-years-old music.”
“The boat - stretcher caught him fairly on the nose -- it was the bo's'n -- and the mutiny began.”
“While the sight of a moose-bird almost invariably put him into the wildest of rages; for he never forgot the peck on the nose he had received from the first of that ilk he encountered.”
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