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  • adj. Used other than as an idiom: see on,‎ nose.
  • adj. Exact; precise; appropriate.
  • adj. Smelly, malodorous; often used figuratively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. to win, as opposed to to place or to show.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being precise with regard to a prescribed or specified criterion
  • adv. just as it should be


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  • 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.

    First Man

  • 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.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • 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.

    The Law of Meat


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