regional note: in BRIT, also use sniff about, sniff round
1. phrasal verb
But really, what harm could it possibly do to pop down there and just sniff around?
A couple of plain-clothes men had been sniffing round his apartment.
2. phrasal verb sniff
If a person or organization is sniffing around
someone, they are trying to get
them, for example as a lover
, or client
When I had to go away to university, I was convinced that other men would be sniffing
Rioch knows the big clubs have been sniffing around Andy Walker.
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