Definition of sniff out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sniff out

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Phrasal Verbs

    sniff out somebody

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    sniff out something

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    sniff somebody out

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    sniff something out

     
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  1. 1to discover or find somebody/something by using your sense of smell The dogs are trained to sniff out drugs.
  2. 2(informal) to discover or find somebody/something by looking Journalists are good at sniffing out a scandal.
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