Definition of Lead by the nose
1. Verb. Conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end. "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well"
Generic synonyms: Betray, Deceive, Lead Astray
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Literary usage of Lead by the nose
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1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"... то FOLLOW ONE'S NOSE = to go straight forward ; то lead by the nose=to govern ; то PAY THROUGH THE NOSE = to pay extravagantly ; то PUT ONE'S NOSE INTO ..."
2. Belle Assemblée: Or, Court and Fashionable Magazine; Containing Interesting (1825)
"To thrust one's nose into other men's affairs— to put the nose out of joint—to count noses—to lead by the nose—to pay through the nose—to follow one's ..."
3. A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language ...by John Walker by John Walker (1806)
"... To lead by the nose, to drag bv force, as j bear by his ring; to lead blindly ; To thrust one'» nose into the affairs of another, to be a busy body ..."