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Verb
Draw up air audibly through the nose to detect a smell, to stop it running, or to express contempt
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“Nothing will stop him trying to sniff out chances.”
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To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something
“And I would see people subtly sniff the air and then their own clothing, not sure whether it was themselves that were smelling slightly off or not.”
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To notice, detect or see with one's senses, especially the eyes
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Draw in a specified direction by creating a vacuum
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To shed tears, especially from being emotional
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Noun
An amount of air or other substance taken up by sniffing
“She heard his sniff of disbelief, but she didn't let that deter her.”
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An act or sound of sniffing
“He was answered with what sounded like a sniff and a smothered sob.”
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A hint or sign of something
“At the first sniff of trouble, Ironside should have sent out a senior officer to report back.”
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A very small trace of something
“The first sniff of sunshine and suddenly stodgy sandwiches or hearty soups aren't what we feel like having for lunch.”
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