to lead someone by the nose

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - lead someone by the nose

"to lead someone by the nose"

to guide someone very carefully and slowly;

to control someone so that they do exactly what you want them to do


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - lead someone by the nose

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We have a new employee starting today. Would you please carefully guide him through each step of the production process?  It can be really complex for a beginner and I want to be sure the new employee understands the job very well.

Colleague 2:  No problem.  I will lead the new employee by the nose and make sure he doesn't get into any trouble.

Colleague 1:  Thanks.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - lead someone by the nose

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Poor Harry. He doesn't have any control over his personal life whatsoever.

Friend 2:  Yes. His wife is always telling him exactly what to do, when to do it and for how long to do it.

Friend 1:  I don't know if I could manage to be led around by the nose like that.

to lead someone by the nose - Usage:


to lead someone by the nose - Gerund Form:

Leading your spouse by the nose ensures that they do the job correctly.

to lead someone by the nose - Examples:

1)  Australia you are being led around by the nose, wake up!

2)  She was led around by the nose by an ex family member who is pretty much working her.

3)  Stop being led around by the nose by this company, it's really pathetic. Google is not the moral authority ...

4)  ... charge of oneself does not mean swallowing theories whole and being led around by the nose.

5)  ... the middle class is vilified and derided, the proletariat are led around by the nose and manipulated, like dumb cattle.

6)  Suddenly reporters are finding out something real instead of being led around by the nose.

7)  People also need to think for themselves, not be led around by the nose by a race-baiter.

8)  ... they gave him a tourist visa and he was led around by the nose by his handlers.

9)  Brody's a guy who can be led around by the nose, and it's difficult for powerful people not to take advantage of that.

10)  ... was indeed a full member of the Entente and not merely led around by the nose or simply following the chain of events to their conclusion.

11)  The average person seems to have a craven desire to be led around by the nose by gurus, the State, etc. Nothing we can do about that.

12)  ... tends to make for a public that's easily impressed and led around by the nose by generals with good PR departments.

13)  ... those who can't separate truth from fiction and have been led around by the nose just don't know any better.

14)  For too long we have been led around by the nose by our enemies, who have imposed treacherous, destructive, alien philosophies upon our ...

15)  We had to lead them by the nose to admission there had been fraud.

16)  They also should be more independent thinking and not be lead around by the nose of their caucus leaders in Congress.

17)  Do some research instead of letting yourself be lead around by the nose.

18)  Why must you let alcohol lead you by the nose blindly?

19)  ... not let himself be imposed upon by Aristotle, but will lead him by the nose and make him speak to his own purpose!

20)  ... get him out he is leading you by the nose. STOP being so gullible.