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British pronunciation/fˈɒləʊ wˈɒnz nˈəʊz/
American pronunciation/fˈɑːloʊ wˈʌnz nˈoʊz/
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to follow one's intuition instead of rules or what others say

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to [follow] {one's} nose definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "follow one's nose" and when to use it?

The idiom "follow one's nose" originates from the literal act of using one's sense of smell to navigate or locate something. Figuratively, it is used to encourage someone to proceed in a straightforward manner, trusting their instincts or intuition to guide them without relying on specific directions or instructions. The phrase implies a sense of natural progression or intuitive decision-making.

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to go in a straight direction

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What is the origin of the idiom "follow one's nose" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "follow one's nose" is uncertain, but it likely originates from the literal act of using one's sense of smell to navigate or locate something. The idiom metaphorically suggests moving forward in a straight line or following a direct path without hesitation or deviation.

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I followed my nose and didn't buy this dress a month ago and now it's on sale for 40% off.
The runner trusted his instincts and followed his nose, completing the marathon by staying on the designated route.
I don't worry too much about the future because I just follow my nose when I'm faced with a big decision.
She didn't have a map, but she followed her nose and walked in a straight line, eventually reaching the destination.
In creative endeavors, sometimes it's best to ignore the rules and follow your nose to discover something unique and original.
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