One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1To a person's sense of smell.‘the wine is pungently smoky and peppery on the nose’
- ‘Light on the nose, with a wash that is sweet with notes of plum and boiling jam, its real problem is that, lacking any obvious tannic structure, it is perhaps a little too soft for its own good.’
- ‘A touch of citrus on the nose; smooth and vibrant with pear overtones; a great value in white Burgundy.’
- ‘This luminescent Italian rose has a sweetness on the nose and delicate spice on the palate that begs for a mouthful of chilled raspberries and a touch of vanilla ice-cream.’
- ‘The dominant smell on the nose is of lemon sherbet and orange peel, followed on the palate by a solid, sweet vanillin mouthful.’
- ‘Refreshing acidity, with ripe raspberry and cracked pepper on the nose.’
- ‘There is a lot of white pepper on the nose and an underlying hint of marzipan.’
- ‘This one presents peppery spice on the nose and a solid Old World palate.’
- ‘Sharp and focused on the nose, it has a soft, round palate with an oily sweetness.’
- ‘This brings us to this fine Reserve Orvieto, which is cool and redolent of lime on the nose, has a succulent impact, then tumbles effortlessly to a refreshing and well balanced finish.’
- ‘The Montes Folly is a Syrah and is a blockbuster in style, with powerful pungent dark berries on the nose, rich, velvety succulence on the palate and a lengthy, Everest-like finish.’
2North American informal Precisely.‘at ten on the nose the van pulled up’
exactly, precisely, sharp, on the dotView synonyms
- ‘Then Vladimir showed at the restaurant promptly at seven on the nose.’
- ‘They made it to school by 8:05 on the nose, thanks to Leo's inability to follow state law and stay within the speed limit.’
3informal (of betting) on a horse to win (as opposed to being placed).
- ‘But Harlan's also just put the money on the nose of a dead-cert racing tip that, true to form, came in second.’
- ‘Junior minister Jim McDaid is not a member of the cabinet any more, but last year he had one successful 20-1 shot, with €50 on the nose.’
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