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To lead by the nose

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To lead by the nose to lead at pleasure, or to cause to follow submissively; to lead blindly, as a person leads a beast.
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Usage

In literature:

She means to lead us all by the nose, I warn you.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
In other words, the entire nation allows a score of little fellows to lead it by the nose.
"What is Property?" by P. J. Proudhon
And I'm goin' to say, loud an' strong, that I'll lead the man around by the nose that marries me.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
Divine right of landowners to lead 'the Land' by the nose!
"The Freelands" by John Galsworthy
I lead him by the nose, and I'll lead him to a place that he'll never get out of!
"Carmen" by Prosper Merimee
Nor do I see any evidence which tends to prove that Mr. Nicholls leads the Local Committee by the nose.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
You were born to lead men by the nose: if you weren't, Marcus would have waited for me, perhaps.
"Heartbreak House" by George Bernard Shaw
That old rogue was no friend of Noel's, he came to circumvent me, to lead me by the nose; and he succeeded.
"The Widow Lerouge" by Emile Gaboriau
No one who aspires to the honourable office of leading another by the nose can tolerate a party in his ambition.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
To see you lead that signore by the nose!
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
He always has one woman leading him by the nose and another hanging on to his coat-tails.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
Irritation produced by inhaling dust, or any irritation existing in the nose, ear, or throat may lead to this variety of cough.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
At last the trail, which the lead-dog had held solely by keeping her nose to the ice, ran in under the bold shore of Wastikun.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
It is a capital joke after all, to lead people about by the nose in this way!
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
He mistook me for my own brother, and I improved the chance to lead him away by the nose.
"From Kingdom to Colony" by Mary Devereux
Inch by inch it crept steadily forward until the roan's lead was cut to a nose length.
"The War Trail" by Elmer Russell Gregor
If the man suffers and makes sacrifices she trails her train about and tries to lead him around by the nose.
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
It is quite ingenious and worthy of us, whose mission it is to lead men by the nose.
"The Executioner's Knife" by Eugène Sue
Gonzalez can lead you by the nose wherever he wants you to go.
"Froth" by Armando Palacio Valdés
He was prompt to set people by the ears that he might lead them by the nose the more readily.
"Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color" by Brander Matthews
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In news:

Trying to lead people by the nose subliminally is a growing advertising technique, reported CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.
Since I'm not always bright enough to take note of Tom Ashbrook's rhetorical dog and pony show, in which he leads his guests and listeners around by the nose, I find myself engaged from time to time.
Indeed - "U- verse 's strong growth relative to FiOS is setting the stage for AT&T to take over the lead from Verizon by a nose at the end of 2013," said Tom Adams, senior principal analyst for US media at IHS.
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In science:

If so, this approach might lead (by arguments along the lines of Section IV) to a Nos´e-Hoover steady-state fluctuation theorem.
Hamiltonian derivation of a detailed fluctuation theorem
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