Definition of follow one's nose in English:

follow one's nose

phrase

  • 1Trust to one's instincts.

    • ‘Turn right at the Romanc sign and then follow your nose.’
    • ‘Then it's a question of following your nose along the winding ridge ahead, savouring the views.’
    • ‘Mark likes to follow his nose on these things, and I never argue with his results.’
    • ‘He followed his nose and it led him to a large black building with graffiti on it.’
    • ‘An artist seeking a way to protest against graduating from university with student-loan debts of £15,000 has decided to follow his nose.’
    • ‘It was thrilling to find something the old-fashioned way, to track it down, to follow my nose and ears and eyes.’
    • ‘Sure enough, he could smell the magic in the air, and he followed his nose across the great hall and down a long series of hallways.’
    • ‘Too lazy to actually hunt, I followed my nose back to Mom's house.’
    • ‘So most of the time you're simply following your nose as to what's going on.’
  • 2Move along guided by one's sense of smell.

    • ‘Visit the souk of the goldsmiths, for example, or the hat makers, or follow your nose to the spice market.’
    • ‘Just wait for the unmistakable smell of heavy oil mingled with a teeth-clenching sweetness and follow your nose.’
    • ‘Before my nostrils could become desensitised to the aroma, I decided to follow my nose to its source.’
    • ‘Instead, all they have to do is follow their nose - the sweet, strong smell pervades the entire gallery.’
    • ‘Going through one door, she caught the smell of food preparation, and followed her nose to the remote kitchen, where she lingered just outside the doorway.’
    • ‘It wasn't like a gas leak smell, but it was a strong pungent odor, so he followed his nose to where it smelled like it was coming from.’
    • ‘She felt something warm and some kind of smell intrigued her so she followed her nose, until she disappears from the desert all together.’
    • ‘As she descended the stairs, she could smell the aroma of roast beef and she followed her nose into the dining room.’
    • ‘Enter the club's driveway between the Duron Paints store and the entrance to Kelly Drive or follow your nose to the smoky down-home barbecue.’
    • ‘She rolled on her side, following her nose to breakfast, that Will must have prepared before she woke.’
  • 3Go straight ahead.

    • ‘Opening them once more, she followed her nose to the far end of the opposite hall.’
    • ‘Turn right through a gate to enter a housing estate, and follow your nose to the main street and back to Doune Ponds.’
    • ‘When the Storm Troopers were out of sight, I followed my nose in the direction the council had started going.’
    • ‘The man took a deep breath and followed his nose to the young boy.’
    • ‘Cross a stile on to the moorland and follow your nose due east on well - trodden paths, basically sticking to the higher ground.’
    • ‘Once in Seahouses, just follow your nose to the harbour.’