Idiom:  follow your nose

Meaning

Idiom:  follow your nose

  • to follow one’s intuition 
  • to trust your own feelings about something instead of obeying rules or listening to other people's opinions
  • to move straight forward


Example sentences

  • I don’t have directions but I’ve been to this place before and I can just follow my nose.
  • When my girlfriend followed her nose and looked in my backpack, she discovered a love note her sister wrote to me.
  • I don't worry too much about the future because I just follow my nose when I'm faced with a big decision.
  • I followed my nose and didn't buy this dress a month ago and now it's on sale for 40% off.
  • My parents wanted me to major in accounting in college but I followed my nose and studied French. Now I'm working at the United Nations in Geneva.
  • I tried to follow my nose when I got lost hiking in the woods but I quickly learned I was going in circles.
  • I didn't know where I was going but I followed my nose and found a cute cafe walking around in Paris.
  • The train station?  Just follow your nose 500 meters and you'll see it.

Synonyms

  • trust your gut
  • play it by ear


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