1. [mid-17C–early 18C] to make a fool of, to fool, to dupe, to sneer at [? SE phr. lead by the nose].
2. to ‘put one’s nose into’.
(a) [mid-17C+] to pry into someone else’s proceedings.
(b) [19C] to inform against; esp. in phr. nose upon.
(c) [1900s] (UK und.) to see, to recognise.
3. in senses of violence.
(a) [late 18C–early 19C] to bully.
(b) [late 19C–1900s] to hit on the nose.
4. [1910s+] (US) to curry favour [abbr. brown-nose v.].
5. [1920s-30s] (US) to investigate in pursuit of one’s own advantage.
1. [mid-19C+] to search, to look over, to survey; thus also as n.
2. [1920s+] to interfere (in).
3. [1970s] to spread rumours, to gossip about.
[late 19C–1900s] (US) to pursue, to hunt down.
[1930s] (US) to appear, to arrive.
[20C+] to inform against.