nose out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theynose out
he/she/itnoses out
present participlenosing out
past tensenosed out
past participlenosed out
  1. to find out information, especially something that someone does not want you to know

    We’ve managed to nose out a few things that I’m sure he wouldn’t want to be made public.

See also main entry: nose