sniff out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theysniff out
he/she/itsniffs out
present participlesniffing out
past tensesniffed out
past participlesniffed out
  1. 1
    to find something through smell

    This dog sniffed out 400 pounds of cocaine.

  2. 2
    informal to discover something
See also main entry: sniff