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    follow one's nose

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    “Do you know your way, to North Hill across the moor?”
    “No, I do not.”
    “You only have to follow your nose.”

    follow one’s nose = keep straight on

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: follow one's nose

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    “Do you know your way, to North Hill across the moor?”
    “No, I do not.”
    “You only have to follow your nose.”

    follow one’s nose = keep straight on

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    Your interpretation is correct!

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    Re: follow one's nose

    True, but it can have a slightly sarcastic meaning. If you were looking, for instance, for an abbatoir, a coffee factory, a bread factory, a rubbish dump etc, you might say that they are easy to find by simply "following your nose", meaning "Just follow the very strong/terrible smell!"

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    #4

    Re: follow one's nose

    I knew it as Ems typed. However, I will add the other meaning on my list.

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    Re: follow one's nose

    One could also follow other body 'parts', as in 'follow your heart'...'follow your conscience'...'follow your intuition'...'follow your gut feelings', etc.

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