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  • v. To find something using the sense of smell.
  • v. to find, especially to find something that cannot be seen.

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

  • v. recognize or detect by or as if by smelling


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  • It was Mazarin who had sent an envoy to London to sniff out the bargains at the Commonwealth Sale.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • He couldn't sniff out a trail as well as Woofer could, but he could do well enough.

    Yon Ill Wind

  • It was the first-class petty officer seated next to the TACCO, the one with the finely trained eyes and ears who could sniff out the sound patterns made by machinery from among noise, signals from noise, submarines from surface ships, and friend from enemy.

    Terror At Dawn

  •  Sister Doctor, who never liked to go slumming as a veterinarian, felt she could sniff out an Animal tendency: the Yunamata looked as if they might all have one giant, docile Frog among their ancestors.

    Son of a Witch

  • If not, I’ll wait a few days until after the race, then I’ll sneak back here and sniff out Eddie Ferrol.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Honey Belle could sniff out the action — she giggled at her own little joke, swinging along the walk.

    The Dirty Duck


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