keep your nose clean

This page is about the idiom keep your nose clean.

Meaning: 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