nose out

nose out  {v.},  {informal}
1. To learn by effort (something private or secret); uncover.
The principal nosed out the truth about the stolen examination.
2. To defeat by a nose length; come in a little ahead of in a race or contest.
The horse we liked nosed out the second horse in a very close finish.
The Democratic candidate nosed out his rival for Congress by a few hundred votes.
Categories: nose {informal} {v.}