to poke your nose into

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - poke your nose into

"to poke your nose into"

to show too much interest in and possibly interfere in a situation that does not concern you


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - poke your nose into

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I've heard of a hands-on manager but this is a little too much.

Colleague 2:  Do you mean how the manager is always poking his nose into every little detail of everything everyone is doing?

Colleague 1:  Exactly. It is bad enough having someone look over you shoulder while you work but for him to always be making suggestions and corrections even before work is completed actually slows work down.

Colleague 2:  I think work would progress much more rapidly with far better results if the manager would simply let us finish what we are working on and then take it to him for input.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - poke your nose into

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  I heard the neighbors arguing again this morning. It sounded like they were arguing about money. It was something about how she is spending too much. Maybe I should go over for a visit and find out more.

Husband:  Don't go poking your nose into something that is none of your business. You will just embarrass her if you start asking about her troubles. Besides which, you really shouldn't be listening in to private conversations.

to poke your nose into - Usage:


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to poke your nose into - Gerund Form:

Poking your nose into where it does not belong could get you into trouble.

to poke your nose into - Examples:

1)  Instead of having the Government poke its nose into the bedroom, Mrs Teo relied instead on persuasion. She urged ...

2)  ... believes that the court had no reason to poke its nose into the private life of an individual.

3)  ... and suggested that the group should focus on itself and not poke its nose into other countries or matters beyond its remit. 

4)  The Church is tolerated so long as it does not poke its nose into the way we live our lives.

5)  We enjoy the legal right not to have the government poke its nose into our lives without the say so of a judge.

6)  ... having an exalted view of himself, was assassinated for poking his nose into someone else's fight.

7)  ... harsh tone criticised Zardari's "meanness" and asked him to refrain from "poking his nose into her personal affairs"

8)  Though he agrees with government's role in poking its nose into the financial matters of the Universities because of the subsidies it gives ...

9)  Yet, it was poking its nose into what is not its business. 

10)  ... in the business of renting films. Netflix, scoffed many, had no business poking its nose into content production, nor did it have any capabilities in this field.

11)  It isn't the job of civic politicians to poke their nose into the business of other levels of government.

12)  Strangers would poke their nose into your affair the moment your wife opens up the tiniest bit to ...

13)  ... is restricted to my family members and friends. Nobody has the right to poke their nose into my personal page.

14)  They poke their nose into other people's businesses only to cause problems and then fight.

15)  ... the government simply does not have the right to poke their nose into what goes on in the privacy of your own home.

16)  You take decisions for the family, not for wider society to poke their nose into.

17)  Being a reporter gives you licence to poke your nose into people's lives, ask them questions and ...

18)  It's one thing to be an over concerned cricket enthusiast, and another to poke your nose into a domain, which is none of your concern.

19)  Why poke your nose into other people affair like a covetous neighbor.

20)  ... am enthusiastic so sometimes it is hard to let go but I try not to poke my nose into other people's areas of responsibility. Delegating and relying on others ...