keep your nose clean

This page is about the idiom keep your nose clean


If you keep your nose clean, you stay out of trouble by making sure you don't do anything wrong.

For example

  • Our son Michael is in trouble with the police again. I really wish he'd learn to keep his nose clean.

  • It's important for sport's stars to keep their noses clean because they make a lot of money for endorsing products, and they could lose this income if they got into trouble with the law.

Quick Quiz

If George doesn't keep his nose clean he'll

a. get sick

b. go to jail

c. get smelly

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Contributor: Matt Errey