> OED Entry Search
> sniff snif, sb. f. the vb.The phrase
> in a sniff
> in a sniff `in a moment' occurs slightly earlier in dial.: see the
> Eng. Dial. Dict.
> a. An act of sniffing; a single inhalation through the nose in order
> to smell something, usually accompanied by a characteristic short
> snuffling sound; the sound made in doing this.
> * 1767 Warton Oxford Newsman's V. 34 Oh, cou'd I but have had one
> single sup, One single sniff at Charlotte's caudle-cup!
> * 1798 O'Keeffe Wild Oats ii. i, Rain over-quite fine-I'll take a
> sniff of the open air too.
> * 1833 T. Hook Parson's Dau. ii. i, Then he made a sort of a
> sniff with his nose, because he could smell the dinner.
> * 1868 H. Spencer Princ. Psychol. i. vi. (ed. 2) I. 109 When the
> sniffs have been continued for some time, scarcely any scent
> can be perceived.
> * 1883 F. M. Crawford Dr. Claudius i, [He] was taking his evening
> sniff of the Neckar breeze.
> * 1860 Mayne Reid Hunters' Feast vi, It was a sort of prolonged
> hiss, that all except Ike believed to be the snort of the black
> bear. Ike..declared that it was..the `sniff', as he termed it,
> of the `painter' (cougar).
> b. A smell or scent.
> * 1844 Hood The Turtles 34 All whiffs, and sniffs, and puffs and
> snuffs,..That, as we walk upon the river's ridge, Assault the
> c. Sniffing distance.
> * 1878 Stevenson Inland Voy. xx. 216 We were within sniff of
> Paris, it seemed.
> d. fig. A hint, intimation.
> * 1936 C. Day Lewis Friendly Tree ii. ix. 124, I have
> been..wondering if I shall ever get a job... I have just got a
> sniff of one-experimental work.
> 2. An act of sniffing in order to express or show contempt, disdain,
> incredulity, or similar feeling.
> * 1837 Carlyle Fr. Rev. ii. iii. iii, Lambeth..is met..by nothing
> but Royalist brocards; sniffs, huffs, and open insults.
> * 1840 Dickens Barn. Rudge xli, Miss Miggs gave a great sniff to
> the same effect.
> * 1884 Manch. Exam. 19 Dec. 5/2 A look and a sniff which express
> as clearly as articulate words a homely rejoinder [etc.].
> * 1891 J. S. Winter Lumley xii, `She is downstairs, and I think
> she's come to stop,' with a sniff of disgust.
> 3. An act (or habit) of clearing the nose by a short inhalation.
> * 1860 All Year Round No. 75. 588 An elderly woman labouring
> under a chronic sniff.
> * 1883 H. Drummond in G. A. Smith Life (1899) viii. 188 The
> creature..gives vent to a tremendous sniff, as if he had just
> caught a severe cold in the head.
> 4. U.S. A contemptible or insignificant person.
> * 1890 Gunter Miss Nobody xii, Her mother..cries out, astounded:
> `Going to marry that little sniff?'
> 5. U.S. A domino game in which the first double played has special
> significance; the first double played.
> * 1917 J. Hergesheimer Three Black Pennys iii. xxiv. 289 After
> dinner, when they were playing sniff.
> * 1930 J. H. Appel Business Biogr. J. Wanamaker xxii. 336 His own
> favourite game was `sniff', played with dominoes.
> * 1961 D. C. Armanino Pop. Domino Games 37 A singles may be
> played off the end of singles, the sides of doubles, and the
> ends of Sniff. Sniff is the only double on which plays can be
> made on the ends.
> * 1974 F. Berndt Domino Bk. 33 Sniff is yet another variation of
> * 1974 F. Berndt Domino Bk., 33 The first double played is called
> the Sniff.
> sniff snif, v. Forms: 4-5 snyff, 6 sniffe, 8- sniff. Imitative: cf.
> sniffle v. and snuff v.
> a. intr. To draw air through the nose with short or sharp audible
> inhalations; to clear the nose in this way, esp. when under the
> influence of emotion.
> * C. 1340 Nominale (Skeat) 88 Man snyffyth and snyuelith.
> * C. 1400 Beryn 39 She snyffith, sighith, and shooke hire hede,
> and made rouful chere.
> * C. 1460 J. Russell Bk. Nurture 284 Pike not youre nose.., Snyff
> nor snitynge hyt to lowd lest youre souerayne hit here.
> * 1575 Turberv. Faulconrie 231 It shall be good..to skowre the
> head alone, and purge it with some deuise, to force hir snyte
> and sniffe as men do accustome to sneze.
> * 1575 Turberv. Faulconrie 232 To discerne this disease of the
> head, the hawke will sniffe often.
> * 1839 Dickens Nickleby iv, The little boy beyond alternately
> sniffing and choking, gave no further vent to his emotions.
> * 1885 Manch. Exam. 9 May 6/2 The ladies were all weeping
> wildly,..dozens of men were sniffing suspiciously.
> b. spec. To inhale cocaine, the fumes of glue, etc., through the
> nose. slang.
> * 1925 Flynn's 4 Apr. 819/2 Sniff,..to use powdered cocaine as
> * 1931 E. Wallace On Spot ii. 24 Red, you're..a hop-head... We
> got no room in this outfit for guys who sniff.
> * 1967 C. Drummond Death at Furlong Post v. 62 So they send us a
> dipso who sniffs!
> * 1970 New Scientist 13 Aug. 352/1 These young people generally
> `sniffed' from a plastic bag into which they first squirted
> aeroplane glue, cleaning fluid or whatever.
> * 1975 Weekend Mag. (Montreal) 8 Feb. 21 The Whitebear sisters
> began sniffing almost two years ago, Janice says. `A friend of
> ours used to sniff. At first, we didn't know what he was doing,
> so we asked and then we tried it too.'
> * 1977 J. van de Wetering Death of Hawker vii. 73 He's sniffing
> too... Cocaine powder.
> a. To sniff in smelling; to smell with a sniff or sniffs. Said esp.
> of animals.
> * 1788 Cowper Death of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bulfinch 40 He [sc. a
> cat]..something in the wind Conjectur'd, sniffing round and
> * 1848 Dickens Dombey lv, Some dogs..that sniffed upon the road.
> * 1874 C. Keene Let. in Life (1892) vii. 160 [A] little animal,
> always sniffing about for mice.
> * 1899 Allbutt's Syst. Med. VII. 341 The patient in smelling
> sniffed with one nostril only.
> * 1865 Dickens Mut. Fr. iii. xiv, If he came sneaking and
> sniffing about the property.
> * 1973 A. Mann Tiara ix. 76, I want to..sniff around the Vatican
> * 1977 R. Player Month of Mangled Models vii. 133 Sniffing around
> Chelsea and Kelmscott.
> b. Const. at.
> * 1792 Mme. D'Arblay Diary 27 June, She..sniffed at her flowers
> with a sort of ecstatic eagerness.
> * 1833 Marryat P. Simple (1863) 239 After sniffing at it two or
> three times, I knew it to be otto of roses.
> * 1865 Tylor Early Hist. Man. iii. 45 The Fijians, who used to
> salute by smelling or sniffing at one another.
> * 1883 Olive Schreiner Story Afr. Farm i. i, A curious old ewe
> came to sniff at him.
> 3. To show or express contempt, disdain, disparagement, incredulity,
> or similar feeling, by sniffing:
> a. Const. at a person or thing.
> * 1729 Swift Grand Question Wks. 1755 IV. i. 109 So then you
> look'd scornful, and snift at the dean.
> * 1837 Carlyle Fr. Rev. i. vi. iv, Camille Desmoulins, and
> others, sniffing at him for it.
> * 1864 Carlyle Fredk. Gt. xvi. x. (1872) VI. 262 Our Shopkeepers
> of the Rue St. Honoré would sniff at such a lodging;
> * 1888 Times 6 July 9/3 Superior persons..will doubtless sniff at
> the expression of opinion upon these topics by the House of
> b. Without const.
> * 1837 Carlyle Fr. Rev. i. vi. ii, Dusky D'Espréménil does
> nothing but sniff and ejaculate;
> * 1871 Mrs. Whitney Real Folks xvii, She did not sniff; she was a
> great deal too much a lady.
> * 1881 Besant & Rice Chapl. Fleet I. 91 Mrs. Gambitt sniffed
> a. trans. To take up, draw in, (air, etc.) by inhaling through the
> * 1796 Mme. D'Arblay Camilla I. 147 Seeing he was sniffing up the
> eau suave without looking at her.
> * 1822-7 Good Study Med. (1829) III. 189 Cold water may be
> sniffed up the nostrils.
> * 1828 Lady Granville Lett. 29 July (1894) II. 29, I sniffed up
> country air, and felt better and better every mile.
> * 1873 Agnes Matheson in Mem. Minister's Wife (1881) vii. 98, I
> can sit and sniff in the sea-breezes.
> b. Without adv.
> * 1843 Sir C. Scudamore Med. Visit Grafenberg 75 Head-bath twice
> a day; and to sniff water freely several times in the day.
> * 1856 Kane Arctic Explor. II. xiii. 138 Dr. Hayes..came aft and
> crawled upon deck to sniff the day-light.
> * 1870 R. Brough M. Lynch x, [He] could sniff the sea breeze
> through the counting-house window.
> c. fig. or in fig. context.
> * 1864 Dk. Manchester Crt. & Soc; I. vii. 106 Sniffing a far-off
> scent of battle with the restless craving of the war-horse.
> * 1881 Besant & Rice Chapl. Fleet ii. x, His turn-up nose seemed
> so joyfully to sniff the incense of praise.
> a. To smell (a thing).
> * A. 1845 Hood Town & Country v, For meadow-buds I get a whiff of
> Cheshire cheese,-or only sniff The turtle made at Cuff's.
> * 1871 B. Taylor Faust i. iii. (1875) II. 28 The platter-licker,
> he sniffs the roasting.
> b. fig. To perceive as if by smell; to smell or smell out (a plot,
> etc.); to suspect. Also with out.
> * 1864 C. Knight Passages Work. Life I. iii. 175 Lord Sidmouth,
> as was his wont, had sniffed a plot from afar.
> * 1873 C. M. Davies Unorth. London (1876) 43 It is not only Rome
> that sniffs heresy in independent thought or action.
> * 1899 C. Scott Drama of Yesterday I. xvi. 538, I sniffed more
> * 1946 Sun (Baltimore) 12 Aug. 1/2 A pilotless aircraft that is
> sent into the air to `sniff out' its own enemy target.
> * 1979 J. Barnett Backfire is Hostile! xi. 111 You should
> concentrate more on sniffing out the sex fiends than
> speculating on spies.
> c. Phr.
> to sniff the wind
> to sniff the wind: see wind sb.1
> 6. To regard (something) with contempt or scorn; to sneer at.
> * 1837 Carlyle Fr. Rev. ii. v. viii, Thus some, with up-turned
> nose, will altogether sniff and disdain Sansculottism.
> 7. To utter with a (scornful) sniff; to express by means of a sniff.
> * 1859 Meredith R. Feverel xl, `Are you cold?' she would ask,
> smiling charitably. `I am.'..`You always appear to be,' the
> bosom sniffed and snapped.
> * 1865 A. Smith Summer in Skye i. 24 Fastidious Edinburgh sniffs
> * 1870 Mrs. Riddell Austin Friars iv, `Of course you would
> forgive anything from her,' sniffed Melinda.
And here are the entries which have 'sniff' in quoted text:
> Oxford English Dictionary
> Found: 253 entries
> 1. as-suchnes(1962) Times Lit. Suppl. 4 May 311/3 ``Mr.
> Middleton..has a beautiful love and respect also just for the
> as-suchness of things: the sniffing man in the restaurant.''
> 2. barminess (1908) E. V. Lucas Over Bemerton's vi. 60, ``I heard
> what sounded like a sarcastic sniff deprecative of her uncle's
> 3. big (1893) H. Maxwell Life of W. H. Smith I. ii. 57
> ``Sometimes a young man, `too big for his boots', would..sniff
> at being put in charge of a railway bookstall. ''
> 4. bitchily (1938) G. Greene Brighton Rock ii. ii. 83 ``A little
> Jewess sniffed at him bitchily and then talked him over with
> another little Jewess on a settee. ''
> 5. bomblet (1972) Courier-Mail (Brisbane) 30 Mar. 1/4 ``Devices
> such as people sniffers, spider mines, and silent button
> bomblets. ''
> 6. break- (1985) Sunday Tel. (Colour Suppl.) 3 Feb. 32/4 ``The
> streets of New York and Los Angeles might twitch with
> coke-sniffers, break-dancers and the denizens of the eighties,
> but the old America was not dead yet.''
> 7. brocard (1837) Carlyle Fr. Rev. II. iii. iii. 143 ``Lameth..is
> met in those Assembly corridors by nothing but Royalist
> brocards; sniffs, huffs, and open insults.''
> 8. candle (1858) Geo. Eliot Amos Bart. ii. (D.) ``The inveterate
> culprit was a boy of seven, vainly contending against candles
> at his nose by feeble sniffing.''
> 9. convulse (A. 1845) Hood Jack Hall xxxiv, ``Nor vultures
> sniff'd so far away A last convulse.''
> 10. copy (1969) J. Bennett Dragon viii. 104 ``This
> stringer..sniffed out the story and filed it to New York, where
> a copy editor promptly spiked it. ''
> 11. crackle (1883) Miss Braddon Gold. Calf iv. 43 ``They
> had..sniffed at the stale pot-pourri in old crackle vases. ''
> 12. crazy (1957) J. Kerouac On Road (1958) 164 ``So amazingly
> himself, all raging and sniffy and *crazy-wayed. ''
> 13. deck (1922) E. F. Murphy Black Candle (1926) i. v. 52 ``Small
> paper packages [of cocaine]..are called `decks', and contain
> about a couple of sniffs. ''
> 14. double-bar(1848) Thackeray Bk. Snobs xii, ``He
> double-barrelled his name, and, instead of T. Sniffle..came
> out..as Rev. T. D'Arcy Sniffle. ''
> 15. dragon (1984) Times 8 Oct. 13/3 ``More [heroin] is taken by
> sniffing the powder-snorting; or by `chasing the dragon'..less
> through intravenous injection. ''
> 16. freebase (1985) Times 21 Jan. 3/2 ``Cocaine..has traditionally
> been taken by sniffing but there are reports of `freebasing',
> which involves heating the drug to remove impurities and then
> inhaling the fumes.''
> 17. fug (1915) Bartimeus A Tall Ship ix. 171 ```Pouf!' he
> exclaimed. `What a fug!' And elevated his nose with a sniff. ''
> 18. gelid (1866) Howells Venet. Life 36 ``She sniffed and offered
> a gelid prayer.''
> 19. Gloire de (1928) Galsworthy Swan Song i. xiii. 102 ``He took
> up a rose and sniffed at it deeply. So many different kinds
> now-he had lost track! In his young days one could tell them-La
> France, Mar&eacu.chal Niel, and Gloire de Dijon-nothing else to
> speak of. ''
> 20. glue (1963) New Society 20 June 14/1 ``A new threat to
> teen-age stability..is glue-sniffing, the deliberate inhaling
> of the fumes from plastic cement. ''
> 21. glue (1963) New Society 14/2 ``The glue sniffers..frequently
> fall asleep in class. ''
> 22. glue (1968) Daily Colonist (Victoria, B.C.) 6 Oct. 21/1 ``That
> particular glue-sniffer told police his story in Los Angeles,
> but it could just as easily have been in any police department
> in Greater Victoria. ''
> 23. glue (1971) E. E. Landy Underground Dict. 90 ``Glue sniff v.,
> inhale model-airplane glue... Glue sniffing is regarded as an
> adolescent type of drug abuse, but it causes organic brain
> damage, and it can cause liver, kidney and bone-marrow damage.
> Eventually most glue sniffers outgrow glue and go to more
> adult-type drugs such as marijuana, [etc.]. ''
> 24. glue (1971) J. Drummond Farewell Party xxv. 131 ``One of those
> red brick boxes..with a nice view of the glue factory... A
> glue-sniffer could get high there..just by holding his
> 25. gunge (1977) Sounds 1 Jan. 20/4 ``A few academic `experts'
> know something about the short-term effects of sniffing, but
> aren't too sure about exactly how it gunges up the body.''
> 26. gurk (1962) C. Middleton Torse 3 ii. 38 ``A too hard sniff
> culminates in a sly gurk.''
> 27. H (1933) C. de Lenoir Hundredth Man iv. 61, ``I opened the
> packet of H. and took a generous sniff. ''
> 28. H (1963) S. Marshall Exper. in Education ii. 40 ``The modern
> H.M.I. sniffs the atmosphere of a school the moment he opens
> the door. ''
> 29. hard (1965) Malcolm X Autobiogr. vii. 110 `` As the pros did,
> I too would key myself to pull these jobs by my first use of
> hard dope. I began with..sniffing cocaine. ''
> 30. hesitation(1933) Bloomfield Lang. xii. 186 ``When a speaker
> hesitates, English and some other languages offer special
> parenthetic hesitation-forms, as [&schwax.:] or [&epsilon.] in
> Mr. -ah-Sniffen. ''
> 31. high (1906) Daily Chron. 12 July 3/3 ``*High-sniffing
> pretenders..affect to find in Mr. Meredith's poetry naught that
> is obscure. ''
> 32. horse (1951) N.Y. Times 13 June 24/3 ``Then one day we met
> another fellow and he offered us some heroin. I sniffed this
> too. We called it `horse' and `H'. ''
> 33. I (1946) Koestler Thieves in Night ii. 91 ``Max, who has an
> enormous, sniffing tapir-nose and an unkempt I.L.P.-mane. ''
> 34. jab (1956) S. Longstreet Real Jazz xviii. 114 ``Not all
> jazz-players smoke marijuana or opium, or sniff snow or jab a
> vein. ''
> 35. jitter (1932) Brevities (N.Y.) 5 Dec. 16 (heading) ``Jittering
> junkies sniff sexy joy flakes. ''
> 36. joy (1951) Time 26 Feb. 24/3 ``A sniff of heroin is a `snort
> of horse', and an injection under the skin a `joy pop'. ''
> 37. Lapsang So(1942) G. Mitchell Laurels are Poison xvii. 184
> ``Jonathan..took the lid off the teapot, sniffed, said:
> `Lapseng? All right, I'll have some.' ''
> 38. lickerish (1802) G. Colman Br. Grins, Knight &. Friar i. lx,
> ``A liquorish black rat Lured by the cook to sniff and smell
> her bacon. ''
> 39. low-life (1971) Black World Apr. 38/2 ``Our responsible
> leaders sniffed their disdain of the low-lifes and begged
> aristocrats for white-collar jobs.''
> 40. luxe (1974) New Yorker 3 June 98/2 ``He looks round his palace
> of a house with sniffly and quite unfair resentment,
> considering its comfort and luxe.''
> 41. made (1952) J. Carter Bks. &. Bk.-Collectors (1956) vi. ii.
> 195 ``The..language of book-collectors..is thickly encrusted
> with jargon... `Made-up,' says one, with a sniff. `Q6 is a
> cancel as usual,' says another. ''
> 42. nose (1960) Time 25 Jan. 88/2 ``Cocaine..is put into
> crystalline form. This enables users to sniff it (`nose
> candy'). ''
> 43. odorant (1944) R. W. Moncrieff Chemical Senses viii. 166
> ``Reactions to odorants are usually mild and undefined, a
> sniff, a drawing away, or..disgust. ''
> 44. oeno- (1976) Times 5 May 16/8 ``British Transport Hotels
> invited distinguished oenophiles to sip and sniff their way
> through a representative selection of English wines. ''
> 45. palm (1934) Punch 30 May 592/3, ``I lost seven holes running
> this morning absolutely and entirely because I had been palmed
> off with a little swine who sniffed whenever I was about to
> strike my ball. ''
> 46. pantler (1842) Barham Ingol. Leg. Ser. ii. Lay St. Cuthbert,
> ``Pantler and serving&dubh.man, henchman and page, Stand
> sniffing the duck-stuffing (onion and sage).''
> 47. pas si bet(1924) J. Buchan Three Hostages xii. 179 ```What
> about the weather?' I asked anxiously. `Pas si bę.te,' he said,
> sniffing. `The wind is pretty sure to go down.' ''
> 48. people (1965) Daily Tel. 5 Oct. 22/8 ``A person being examined
> is placed in a `*people sniffer', a glass cylinder, and an
> analysis of the outgoing air discloses the chemical make-up of
> the subject. ''
> 49. people (1968) N.Y. Times 18 Aug. i. 3 ``United States troops
> refer to the gadget as the `people sniffer'. It leads American
> officers here in the Mekong delta to enemy hide-outs by
> `sniffing out' the kind of ammonia odors given off by the human
> body. ''
> 50. people (1973) Times 24 Jan. 8/6 ``There has been use of the
> Manpack Personnel Detector, or `people-sniffer'-picking up the
> enemy by the smell of his sweat. ''
> 51. people (1977) Time 2 May 44/1 ``Their principal piece of
> equipment is a `people sniffer', an electronic sensing device
> developed to catch the prowling Viet Cong. Despite its name,
> the instrument actually detects the minute seismic vibrations
> caused by a person walking.''
> 52. periodate (1890) Pall Mall G. 6 Jan. 2/3 ``A medical
> contemporary mentioned that one sniff of periodate crystals
> would cure an attack of influenza. ''
> 53. petrol (1958) W. Sansom Cautious Heart 53 ``Do you know what a
> petrol-sniffer is?.. It's quite serious really, it's an
> addiction to the smell of petrol-like any other narcotic.
> People who work among petrol fumes get the habit. ''
> 54. petrol (1973) Black World June 47/2 ``The..escapism..is
> `petrol-sniffing', which produces a coma-like state. ''
> 55. pig (1979) M. Hebden Death set to Music iii. 29 ``Pel sniffed
> at his stew. `I think they took it from the pig bin,' he
> observed coldly. ''
> 56. pile-drive(1858) A. Mayhew Paved with Gold ii. xii. 189
> ``After some sparring, Jack threw out his `pile-drivers' and
> caught Ned on the `sniffer', but the nose didn't suffer much.
> 57. place (1923) Wodehouse Inimit. Jeeves xiv. 179 ``A sniffing
> female in blue gingham beat a pie-faced kid in pink for the
> place-money, and Prudence Baxter, Jeeves's long shot, was
> either fifth or sixth, I couldn't see which. ''
> 58. poison (1964) L. Deighton Funeral in Berlin xlii. 262 ``You
> are poison to Gehlen... There isn't a place left in the whole
> world where you would get a sniff of a job. ''
> 59. pong (1960) H. Pinter Dumb Waiter 130 ``What, you mean it
> might be my pong? (He sniffs sheets.) Yes... It could be my
> pong I suppose. ''
> 60. poofy (1964) J. Hale Grudge Fight v. 74 ``Being Windy the soap
> is scented, pink stuff sent to him by Momma in the last parcel.
> `Very pouffy,' says Tug, sniffing it. ''
> 61. pretty-boy(1898) R. Hughes Lakerim Athletic Club 241
> ``Sawed-Off had sniffed scornfully that lawn-tennis was a game
> fit for nobody but girls and pretty boys. ''
> 62. propellant(1973) Daily Tel. 15/8 ``A variety of compressed or
> liquified bases are used in aerosols and technically known as
> propellents. Most are halogenated hydrocarbons, which are also
> refrigerants, and sniffing of such propellents is a recognised
> form of drug abuse in Britain and the United States. ''
> 63. protrusive(1831) Carlyle Sart. Res. i. x, ``To him thou, with
> sniffing charity, wilt protrusively proffer thy hand-lamp. ''
> 64. pyramid (1976) National Observer (U.S.) 10 Apr. 21/1 ``He will
> pinch powdery tobacco between his thumb and forefinger, pyramid
> it on the back of his opposite hand, bring it to his nostrils,
> and sniff.''
> 65. Pythagorea(1865) Sat. Rev. 4 Nov. 577 ``There is, by the way,
> a slight sniff of Pythagoreanism about the phrase `appreciative
> numbers'. ''
> 66. quill (1970) C. Major Dict. Afro-Amer. Slang 95 ``Quill,
> folded matchbook cover in which a narcotic is held and smoked
> or sniffed. ''
> 67. ravel (1805) J. Austin in Trans. Soc. Arts XXIII. 242 ``An
> universal ravel or sniffle, useful at the beaming of all kinds
> of webs.''
> 68. ring (1941) I. L. Idriess Great Boomerang vii. 56 ``The cattle
> began to ring, the centre beasts edged outwards, then turned
> inward and began to sniff, to paw the earth. ''
> 69. rubberneck(1969) Daily Tel. (Colour Suppl.) 21 Nov. 73/2
> ``Hortensio was rubber&dubh.necking like an American tourist,
> admiring the scenery, sniffing the breeze. ''
> 70. schmeck (1966) C. Himes Heat's On xix. 145 ``The
> skin&dubh.poppers and the schmeckers (those who used the needle
> and those who sniffed the powder).''
> 71. sea-dog (1855) Kingsley Westw. Ho! iii, ``Sniffing the keen
> salt air like a young sea-dog. ''
> 72. shut (1575) Turberv. Faulconrie 292 ``The hawke will sniffe
> often and shet her eyes towards night. ''
> 73. Siamese (1950) W. de la Mare Inward Companion 70 ``That crafty
> cat, a buff-black Siamese, Sniffing through wild wood. ''
> 74. slab (1905) W. B. Where White Man Treads 293 ``He..who lives
> in a slab whare, and on a fare which his dainty collie sniffs
> at and rejects. ''
> 75. sleigh-rid(1942) Detective Fiction Apr. 56/2 ``Julio is very
> fond of his hop. Anything from the weed to a sniff of snow.
> Suppose he gets on a big sleigh ride and talks out of turn. ''
> 76. sleigh-rid(1929) Detective Fiction Weekly 13 Apr. 599/1 ``He's
> a sleigh rider. You know, sniffs coke. Made a fortune writing
> papers for booze hustlers and has spent every dime of it on
> snow. ''
> 77. sleigh-rid(1934) C. de Lenoir Hundredth Man i. 13 ``Sniffing
> heroin or cocaine is `sleigh&dubh.riding'. ''
> 78. slum (1929) S. Leslie Anglo-Catholic i. 10 ``He felt at home
> in the East End and refreshed..when he lay back at night and
> sniffed the indefinable steam of slumland. ''
> 79. smoke (1876) T. Hardy Ethelberta (1890) 81 ``Sniffing
> extraordinary smoke-smells which she discovered in all nooks
> and crannies of the rooms. ''
> 80. sniff (1767) Warton Oxford Newsman's V. 34 ``Oh, cou'd I but
> have had one single sup, One single sniff at Charlotte's
> caudle-cup! ''
> 81. sniff (1798) O'Keeffe Wild Oats ii. i, ``Rain over-quite
> fine-I'll take a sniff of the open air too. ''
> 82. sniff (1833) T. Hook Parson's Dau. ii. i, ``Then he made a
> sort of a sniff with his nose, because he could smell the
> dinner. ''
> 83. sniff (1868) H. Spencer Princ. Psychol. i. vi. (ed. 2) I. 109
> ``When the sniffs have been continued for some time, scarcely
> any scent can be perceived. ''
> 84. sniff (1883) F. M. Crawford Dr. Claudius i, ``[He] was taking
> his evening sniff of the Neckar breeze.''
> 85. sniff (1860) Mayne Reid Hunters' Feast vi, ``It was a sort of
> prolonged hiss, that all except Ike believed to be the snort of
> the black bear. Ike..declared that it was..the `sniff', as he
> termed it, of the `painter' (cougar).''
> 86. sniff (1844) Hood The Turtles 34 ``All whiffs, and sniffs, and
> puffs and snuffs,..That, as we walk upon the river's ridge,
> Assault the nose.''
> 87. sniff (1878) Stevenson Inland Voy. xx. 216 ``We were within
> sniff of Paris, it seemed.''
> 88. sniff (1936) C. Day Lewis Friendly Tree ii. ix. 124, ``I have
> been..wondering if I shall ever get a job... I have just got a
> sniff of one-experimental work.''
> 89. sniff (1837) Carlyle Fr. Rev. ii. iii. iii, ``Lambeth..is
> met..by nothing but Royalist brocards; sniffs, huffs, and open
> insults. ''
> 90. sniff (1840) Dickens Barn. Rudge xli, ``Miss Miggs gave a
> great sniff to the same effect. ''
> 91. sniff (1884) Manch. Exam. 19 Dec. 5/2 ``A look and a sniff
> which express as clearly as articulate words a homely rejoinder
> [etc.]. ''
> 92. sniff (1891) J. S. Winter Lumley xii, ```She is downstairs,
> and I think she's come to stop,' with a sniff of disgust.''
> 93. sniff (1860) All Year Round No. 75. 588 ``An elderly woman
> labouring under a chronic sniff. ''
> 94. sniff (1883) H. Drummond in G. A. Smith Life (1899) viii. 188
> ``The creature..gives vent to a tremendous sniff, as if he had
> just caught a severe cold in the head.''
> 95. sniff (1890) Gunter Miss Nobody xii, ``Her mother..cries out,
> astounded: `Going to marry that little sniff?'''
> 96. sniff (1917) J. Hergesheimer Three Black Pennys iii. xxiv. 289
> ``After dinner, when they were playing sniff. ''
> 97. sniff (1930) J. H. Appel Business Biogr. J. Wanamaker xxii.
> 336 ``His own favourite game was `sniff', played with dominoes.
> 98. sniff (1961) D. C. Armanino Pop. Domino Games 37 ``A singles
> may be played off the end of singles, the sides of doubles, and
> the ends of Sniff. Sniff is the only double on which plays can
> be made on the ends. ''
> 99. sniff (1974) F. Berndt Domino Bk. 33 ``Sniff is yet another
> variation of Muggins. ''
> 100. sniff (1974) F. Berndt Domino Bk., 33 ``The first double
> played is called the Sniff.''
> 1. sniff (1575) Turberv. Faulconrie 231 ``It shall be good..to
> skowre the head alone, and purge it with some deuise, to force
> hir snyte and sniffe as men do accustome to sneze. ''
> 2. sniff (1575) Turberv. Faulconrie 232 ``To discerne this
> disease of the head, the hawke will sniffe often. ''
> 3. sniff (1839) Dickens Nickleby iv, ``The little boy beyond
> alternately sniffing and choking, gave no further vent to his
> emotions. ''
> 4. sniff (1885) Manch. Exam. 9 May 6/2 ``The ladies were all
> weeping wildly,..dozens of men were sniffing suspiciously.''
> 5. sniff (1925) Flynn's 4 Apr. 819/2 ``Sniff,..to use powdered
> cocaine as snuff. ''
> 6. sniff (1931) E. Wallace On Spot ii. 24 ``Red, you're..a
> hop-head... We got no room in this outfit for guys who sniff.
> 7. sniff (1967) C. Drummond Death at Furlong Post v. 62 ``So they
> send us a dipso who sniffs! ''
> 8. sniff (1970) New Scientist 13 Aug. 352/1 ``These young people
> generally `sniffed' from a plastic bag into which they first
> squirted aeroplane glue, cleaning fluid or whatever. ''
> 9. sniff (1975) Weekend Mag. (Montreal) 8 Feb. 21 ``The Whitebear
> sisters began sniffing almost two years ago, Janice says. `A
> friend of ours used to sniff. At first, we didn't know what he
> was doing, so we asked and then we tried it too.' ''
> 10. sniff (1977) J. van de Wetering Death of Hawker vii. 73 ``He's
> sniffing too... Cocaine powder.''
> 11. sniff (1788) Cowper Death of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bulfinch 40
> ``He [sc. a cat]..something in the wind Conjectur'd, sniffing
> round and round. ''
> 12. sniff (1848) Dickens Dombey lv, ``Some dogs..that sniffed upon
> the road. ''
> 13. sniff (1874) C. Keene Let. in Life (1892) vii. 160 ``[A]
> little animal, always sniffing about for mice. ''
> 14. sniff (1899) Allbutt's Syst. Med. VII. 341 ``The patient in
> smelling sniffed with one nostril only.''
> 15. sniff (1865) Dickens Mut. Fr. iii. xiv, ``If he came sneaking
> and sniffing about the property. ''
> 16. sniff (1973) A. Mann Tiara ix. 76, ``I want to..sniff around
> the Vatican again. ''
> 17. sniff (1977) R. Player Month of Mangled Models vii. 133
> ``Sniffing around Chelsea and Kelmscott.''
> 18. sniff (1792) Mme. D'Arblay Diary 27 June, ``She..sniffed at
> her flowers with a sort of ecstatic eagerness. ''
> 19. sniff (1833) Marryat P. Simple (1863) 239 ``After sniffing at
> it two or three times, I knew it to be otto of roses. ''
> 20. sniff (1865) Tylor Early Hist. Man. iii. 45 ``The Fijians, who
> used to salute by smelling or sniffing at one another. ''
> 21. sniff (1883) Olive Schreiner Story Afr. Farm i. i, ``A curious
> old ewe came to sniff at him.''
> 22. sniff (1837) Carlyle Fr. Rev. i. vi. iv, ``Camille Desmoulins,
> and others, sniffing at him for it. ''
> 23. sniff (1864) Carlyle Fredk. Gt. xvi. x. (1872) VI. 262 ``Our
> Shopkeepers of the Rue St. Honor&eacu. would sniff at such a
> lodging. ''
> 24. sniff (1888) Times 6 July 9/3 ``Superior persons..will
> doubtless sniff at the expression of opinion upon these topics
> by the House of Lords.''
> 25. sniff (1837) Carlyle Fr. Rev. i. vi. ii, ``Dusky
> D'Espr&eacu.m&eacu.nil does nothing but sniff and ejaculate. ''
> 26. sniff (1871) Mrs. Whitney Real Folks xvii, ``She did not
> sniff; she was a great deal too much a lady. ''
> 27. sniff (1881) Besant &. Rice Chapl. Fleet I. 91 ``Mrs. Gambitt
> sniffed disdainfully.''
> 28. sniff (1796) Mme. D'Arblay Camilla I. 147 ``Seeing he was
> sniffing up the eau suave without looking at her. ''
> 29. sniff (1822-7) Good Study Med. (1829) III. 189 ``Cold water
> may be sniffed up the nostrils. ''
> 30. sniff (1828) Lady Granville Lett. 29 July (1894) II. 29, ``I
> sniffed up country air, and felt better and better every mile.
> 31. sniff (1873) Agnes Matheson in Mem. Minister's Wife (1881)
> vii. 98, ``I can sit and sniff in the sea-breezes.''
> 32. sniff (1843) Sir C. Scudamore Med. Visit Grafenberg 75
> ``Head&dubh.bath twice a day; and to sniff water freely several
> times in the day. ''
> 33. sniff (1856) Kane Arctic Explor. II. xiii. 138 ``Dr.
> Hayes..came aft and crawled upon deck to sniff the
> day&dubh.light. ''
> 34. sniff (1870) R. Brough M. Lynch x, ``[He] could sniff the sea
> breeze through the counting-house window.''
> 35. sniff (1864) Dk. Manchester Crt. &. Soc. I. vii. 106
> ``Sniffing a far-off scent of battle with the restless craving
> of the war&dubh.horse. ''
> 36. sniff (1881) Besant &. Rice Chapl. Fleet ii. x, ``His turn-up
> nose seemed so joyfully to sniff the incense of praise.''
> 37. sniff (A. 1845) Hood Town &. Country v, ``For meadow-buds I
> get a whiff of Cheshire cheese,-or only sniff The turtle made
> at Cuff's. ''
> 38. sniff (1871) B. Taylor Faust i. iii. (1875) II. 28 ``The
> platter-licker, he sniffs the roasting.''
> 39. sniff (1864) C. Knight Passages Work. Life I. iii. 175 ``Lord
> Sidmouth, as was his wont, had sniffed a plot from afar. ''
> 40. sniff (1873) C. M. Davies Unorth. London (1876) 43 ``It is not
> only Rome that sniffs heresy in independent thought or action.
> 41. sniff (1899) C. Scott Drama of Yesterday I. xvi. 538, ``I
> sniffed more prey.''
> 42. sniff (1946) Sun (Baltimore) 12 Aug. 1/2 ``A pilotless
> aircraft that is sent into the air to `sniff out' its own enemy
> target. ''
> 43. sniff (1979) J. Barnett Backfire is Hostile! xi. 111 ``You
> should concentrate more on sniffing out the sex fiends than
> speculating on spies.''
> 44. sniff (1837) Carlyle Fr. Rev. ii. v. viii, ``Thus some, with
> up&dubh.turned nose, will altogether sniff and disdain
> 45. sniff (1859) Meredith R. Feverel xl, ```Are you cold?' she
> would ask, smiling charitably. `I am.'..`You always appear to
> be,' the bosom sniffed and snapped. ''
> 46. sniff (1865) A. Smith Summer in Skye i. 24 ``Fastidious
> Edinburgh sniffs disdain. ''
> 47. sniff (1870) Mrs. Riddell Austin Friars iv, ```Of course you
> would forgive anything from her,' sniffed Melinda.''
> 48. sniffable (1975) Weekend Mag. (Montreal) 8 Feb. 23/1 ``Stocks
> of the old sniffable product were being bootlegged by merchants
> all over Regina. ''
> 49. sniffable (1977) J. Wambaugh Black Marble (1978) iv. 36
> ``Lopez boasted that he could..have enough sniffable paint left
> to get three of his pals loaded.''
> 50. sniffer (1864) Realm 1 June 8 ``Sniffer and snorter. ''
> 51. sniffer (1889) Pall Mall G. 30 Jan. 3/1 ``Those who are deaf
> and those who are sniffers.''
> 52. sniffer (1920) E. S. Bishop Narcotic Drug Problem iii. 23
> ``The heroin `sniffer' of idle and curious adolescence. ''
> 53. sniffer (1928) Amer. Mercury Aug. 485/2 ``The Baron was..a
> `sniffer' himself. ''
> 54. sniffer (1942) J. Henry Henry's Famous Cases iv. 40 ``Cocaine
> addicts are known as `sniffers'. ''
> 55. sniffer (1968) Guardian 22 Mar. 11/1 ``Doreen was also a
> `sniffer'. This is the name given to people who inhale a
> mixture of ether and methylated spirits and become `blocked'.
> 56. sniffer (1981) Daily Tel. 24 Apr. 3/1 ``A glue sniffer is
> under the influence of a drug for the purposes of the 1972 Road
> Traffic Act, magistrates decided yesterday when a
> self-confessed `sniffer' denied being unfit to drive through
> drink or drugs while in charge of a motorcycle.''
> 57. sniffer (1962) R. Cook Crust on its Uppers ii. 34
> ``They'll..look down their sniffers at you.''
> 58. sniffer (1945) Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch 10 Oct. 2/5
> ``The hydrogen content in copper wire annealing furnaces..is
> now continuously indicated by a new sensitive apparatus called
> a sniffer nose. ''
> 59. sniffer (1946) Sun (Baltimore) 21 June 10/3 ``Louis E. De La
> Fleur..demonstrated a small hand-borne radio fixer, known as a
> `sniffer'. He said that it was so accurate that he had been
> able..to locate an outlaw transmitter in a New York apartment
> house where hundreds of legal radios and electrical devices
> were putting out potential inteference. ''
> 60. sniffer (1950) Listener 5 Jan. 12/1 ``These tiny Geiger
> counters first came to public attention last spring in New
> York... Uranium can turn up anywhere so there is no reason why,
> if you had a `sniffer', as they are called, you should not
> start prospecting here in Great Britain. ''
> 61. sniffer (1968) Guardian 5 Sept. 2/7 ``Perch a radar sensor on
> the tail..: insert a diesel fume `sniffer'. ''
> 62. sniffer (1972) J. Lange Binary 170 ``The sniffer..had been
> developed for use in Vietnam and had been adapted for customs
> operations... If the sniffer said plastic explosive was behind
> the door, he had to believe it. ''
> 63. sniffer (1979) F. Pohl Jem iii. 26 ``The car was..an
> indispensable necessity in what he did for the agency; twice a
> day, other employees of the agency went over it with electronic
> sniffers and radio probes to make sure it had been neither
> bombed nor bugged.''
> 64. sniffer (1964) N.Y. Times Mag. 23 Aug. 62/3 ``Sniffer, police
> dog. ''
> 65. sniffer (1975) A. Beevor Violent Brink iii. 66 ``We are
> using..sniffer dogs at ports and airports so as to increase our
> chances of catching the explosive coming in. ''
> 66. sniffer (1977) Air Mail Spring 7/1 ``In the first two months
> `sniffer' dogs and handlers trained by the RAF Police Dog
> Training Flight had helped British Customs and Excise officers
> detect &pstlg.125,000 worth of smuggled drugs. ''
> 67. sniffer (1979) Daily Tel. 17 Apr. 1/6 ``Forty-five `sniffer'
> dogs were flown into Yugoslavia from Switzerland and set to
> work to smell out casualties from debris in towns around Kotor
> Bay. ''
> 68. sniffer (1982) Times 3 Sept. 10/5 ``Sniffer-dogs for drugs.''
> 69. sniffing (1575) Turberv. Faulconrie 231 ``You may rubbe..the
> pallate of your Hawke with the saide powder, and not feede hir
> after it, vntill such tyme she haue lefte snyting and sniffing.
> 70. sniffing (1842) Thackeray Fitz-Boodle's Conf. Wks. 1869 XXII.
> 229 ``People looking and making a strange nasal noise (it is
> called sniffing). ''
> 71. sniffing (1872) Huxley Physiol. iv. 90 ``Sniffing is a more
> rapid inspiratory act, in which the mouth is kept shut, and the
> air made to pass through the nose. ''
> 72. sniffing (1893) Selous Trav. S.E. Africa 421 ``Sometimes these
> sniffings were very loud.''
> 73. sniffing (1968) Guardian 22 Mar. 11/2, ``I asked her what
> attraction there was in `sniffing'. ''
> 74. sniffing (1977) Lancet 8 Jan. 84/1 ``Investigation of the 42
> patients..showed that `sniffing' was a group activity involving
> mainly adolescents aged 12-19 years, all of whom had a previous
> history of solvent abuse.''
> 75. sniffing (1899) Allbutt's Syst. Med. VII. 870 ``Obstructive
> diseases of the nose..occasion sniffing movements of the face.
> 76. sniffing (1975) Weekend Mag. (Montreal) 8 Feb. 23/1 ``In any
> case, legislation doesn't eliminate the sniffing problem which
> is nation-wide. ''
> 77. sniffing (1831) Carlyle Sart. Res. i. x, ``To him thou, with
> sniffing charity, wilt protrusively proffer thy hand-lamp. ''
> 78. sniffing (1837) Carlyle Fr. Rev. ii. i. x, ``What a humour the
> once sniffing mocking City of Paris..had got into.''
> 79. sniffing (1873) Bayne in Contemp. Rev. XXI. 411 ``He glances
> at Cromwell's speeches jauntily, sniffingly, in a mood of
> pleasant indifference dashed by cynicism. ''
> 80. sniffing (1893) K. Grahame in National Observer 23 Sept. 487/1
> ``Charlotte turned away sniffingly.''
> 81. sniffle (1825) Jamieson Suppl., ``Sniffles, that difficulty of
> breathing through the nostrils, which is caused by cold in the
> head. ''
> 82. sniffle (1903) A. Adams Log Cowboy xviii. 279, ``I hope you
> won't get the sniffles and tell any [sc. gloomy tales].''
> 83. sniffle (1880) Meredith Trag. Com. (1881) 195 ```You have been
> a little weak,' the phantom said to her, and she acquiesced
> with a soft sniffle. ''
> 84. sniffle (1885) Martineau Types Eth. Th. (1886) II. i. v. 174
> ``A curve in the nose, a colour of the hair, a sniffle in the
> 85. sniffle (1805) J. Austin in Trans. Soc. Arts XXIII. 242 ``An
> universal ravel or sniffle, useful at the beaming of all kinds
> of webs. This machine is of itself complete, and will beam from
> the coarsest to the finest web.''
> 86. sniffle (1819) Scott Leg. Montr. xiv, ``So saying,
> and..sniffling a little to swallow his grief, he turned from
> the heart-rending spectacle. ''
> 87. sniffle (1846) Landor Imag. Conv. Wks. 1853 II. 228/2 ``He
> does not sniffle: to my ears he speaks plain English. ''
> 88. sniffle (1883) L. A. Lambert Notes on Ingersoll vi. 57 ``And
> yet you sniffle that He killed art.''
> 89. sniffle (1885) Runciman Skippers &. Shellbacks 143 ``About
> nine it began to sniffle and blow a bit.''
> 90. sniffler (1833) M. Scott Tom Cringle viii, ``At length the
> sniffler reached us, and the sharp little vessel began to
> speak. ''
> 91. sniffler (1891) Cent. Dict., ``Sniffler, a capful of wind.''
> 92. sniffler (1887) W. S. Gilbert Ruddigore ii, ``Sniffler,
> snuffler, wailer, weeper.''
> 93. sniffling (1653) Clarke Papers (Camden) III. 6 ``This answer
> not satisfying them they went to the Councell of State with
> another peticion, where they had much more sniffling but went
> away free men. ''
> 94. sniffling (1836) Howard R. Reefer xiii, ``You will..oblige me
> by not taking snuff.., the sniffling is abominable. ''
> 95. sniffling (1840) Thackeray Catherine ii, ``The tip of her nose
> as red as fire with sniffling and weeping. ''
> 96. sniffling (1873) B. Harte Fiddletown 13 ``There now-stop that
> 97. sniffling (1654) Gayton Pleas. Notes iv. ii. 181
> ``Notwithstanding his sniffeling example of Amadis Du Gaull, or
> any other puling Knight. ''
> 98. sniffling (1833) Marryat P. Simple xlvii, ``When you were a
> little spalpeen, with a sniffling nose. ''
> 99. sniffling (1890) Mrs. Barr Friend Olivia xiv, ``A pretty crowd
> of sniffling, sneaking varlets he has been feeding and
> 100. sniffly (1927) W. E. Collinson Contemp. Eng. 59 ``They vary in
> intensity from the sniffling or sniffly cold to the
> church&dubh.yard cough! ''
> 1. sniffly (1929) G. Ade Let. 8 Feb. (1973) 139 ``The warm
> weather will be welcome. Most of us have sniffly colds.
> Otherwise we are all right. ''
> 2. sniffly (1960) Guardian 9 Apr. 6/6 ``We sat there in the bare
> little room, wet and sniffly with sentiment. ''
> 3. sniffly (1966) R. H. Rimmer Harrad Experiment (1967) 79 ``Get
> out your handkerchiefs, wipe your sniffly nose. ''
> 4. sniffy (1871) C. Gibbon Lack of Gold xx, ``Her curt sniffy
> manner did not alter in the least. ''
> 5. sniffy (1896) Westm. Gaz. 4 Dec. 2/1 ``When Lothair's sniffy I
> keep out of his way.''
> 6. sniffy (1915) W. S. Maugham Of Human Bondage lxxiv. 382 ``You
> were rather sniffy about meeting him. ''
> 7. sniffy (1925) S. Baring-Gould Further Reminisc. iv. 45 ``Their
> wives were especially sniffy towards Mrs Jervis. ''
> 8. sniffy (1965) Listener 3 June 834/3 ``He was catty about
> Balzac, sniffy about Stendhal, stuffy about Flaubert, and cagey
> about Baudelaire. ''
> 9. sniffy (1979) Jrnl. R. Soc. Arts July 511/1 ``Sniffy comments
> of a patronizing nature about Victorian buildings so
> regrettably sprinkled throughout earlier books in The Buildings
> of England are carefully avoided.''
> 10. sniffy (1900) Kipling Just So Stories (1902) 108 ```What will
> happen if I do? said the Jaguar, most sniffily and most
> cautious. ''
> 11. sniffy (1927) Blackw. Mag. Dec. 834/1, ``I didn't think
> sniffiness was usual under the circumstances. ''
> 12. sniffy (1928) M. Neville Kiss Proof xviii. 163 ```Oh, if
> that's the way you feel about it,' Toddles said sniffily. ''
> 13. sniffy (1933) G. Orwell Let. June (1968) I. 121 ``There is
> also a certain sniffish `I told you so' implication. ''
> 14. sniffy (1968) M. Collis Somerville &. Ross iii. 45 ``In her
> Irish Memories (published in 1917) Edith, recalling that time,
> writes of the sniffyness of her brothers and uncles. ''
> 15. sniffy (1973) Guardian 30 June 11/3 ```He wasn't up to much as
> a sub-editor,' said one of the older hacks, sniffily. ''
> 16. sniffy (1981) Economist 24 Jan. 22/2 ``Although for the past
> two years the United States has been Algeria's largest trading
> partner, the relationship between the two countries has been
> marked by a suspicious sniffiness.''
> 17. snifter (1808) Jamieson, ``Snifters, a stoppage of the
> nostrils from cold, which occasions frequent sniffing. ''
> 18. snore (1898) C. Spence Poems 57 ``He [a bull]..roared and
> bored and sniffed and snored.''
> 19. snort (1935) A. J. Pollock Underworld Speaks 110/1 ``Snort, to
> sniff cocaine or heroin. ''
> 20. snort (1974) M. C. Gerald Pharmacol. xv. 291 ``Cocaine is
> usually administered intravenously, although some prefer to
> `sniff' or `snort' it. ''
> 21. snow (1915) Policeman's Monthly Dec. 17/3 ``One day, his pal
> found him depressed and told him to take a little sniff of
> `snow', as heroin is known to the vernacular of the criminal.
> 22. snuff (1844) Hood The Turtles 34 ``All whiffs, and sniffs, and
> puffs, and snuffs, From metals, minerals, and dyewood stuffs.''
> 23. snuff (1872) Huxley Physiol. viii. 197 ``When we wish to
> perceive a faint odour more distinctly, we sniff, or snuff up
> the air.''
> 24. solvent (1977) Lancet 8 Jan. 82/1 ``Cardiac
> arrhythmias,..neuropsychiatric disorders, and hepatorenal
> failure have all been reported after solvent sniffing. ''
> 25. stark (1838) Barham Ingol. Leg. Ser. i. Nurse's Story, ``But,
> ere he can vent one inquisitive sniff, That little pug-dog
> stands stark and stiff. ''
> 26. stopple (1865) E. C. Clayton Cruel Fortune II. 289
> ``Mademoiselle Marie took up the phial,..extracted the stopple,
> sniffed at the contents, then replaced the stopple.''
> 27. strobe (1982) Observer 12 Dec. 26/3 ``Don't blink, don't
> sniff, don't stick your chin up, don't slouch, don't wave your
> hands about, don't wear stripes (they `strobe'), look at the
> person you're talking to, smile.''
> 28. suede (1979) J. W. Day in East Anglian Mag. Aug. 531/2 ``None
> of your suede-footed, whey-faced, sniffling little
> intellectuals. ''
> 29. sugar (1979) Observer 25 Nov. 4/1 ``Detectives call them the
> `sugar people' and they are young, rich and blue-blooded. They
> are also heroin addicts. It is in an ironic double reference to
> the `sugar daddy' parents and to the expensive white powder
> they inject or sniff.''
> 30. summer (1975) Times 19 Apr. 9/2 ``Kathy had been in bed with a
> so-called summer cold..sniffling and sneezing. ''
> 31. tablet (1973) R. Parkes Guardians ii. 59 ``This heroin is
> comparable in quality to that being sniffed by U.S. troops in
> Vietnam and far superior to that being tableted for U.K.
> 32. thumbful (1930) E. Pound XXX Cantos xxii. 109 ``He..pulled out
> his snuff-box, And sniffed up a thumb-full. ''
> 33. ticket (1899) Kipling Stalky &. Co. 45 ``Why, last month you
> and Beetle sold mine [sc. a watch]! 'Never got a sniff of any
> 34. tissue (1976) M. &. G. Gordon Ordeal (1977) 142 ``Sniffling,
> he asked Penny for a tissue. ''
> 35. toot (1975) High Times Dec. 110/2 ``Counterculture advocates
> of cocaine sniffing now have public confirmation of what
> they've known for a long time: the chief drawbacks to tooting
> coke are high costs and the law. ''
> 36. townee (1960) W. Miller Russians as People 60 ``It is all
> fascinating to the foreigner trying to sniff out `Russian
> life', but to the townee Russian it is the shabby side of the
> familiar. ''
> 37. turn (1970) New Scientist 12 Nov. 314/1 ``Young people who
> turn on by sniffing the vapour of airplane
> glue..sometimes..drop dead. ''
> 38. unreproduc(1899) Kipling Stalky 225 ``An unreproducible
> sniff..rounded the retort. ''
> 39. uppity (1982) R. Barnard Death &. Princess ii. 17 ``Joe may
> appreciate my couthness..but he can sniff out uppitiness.''
> 40. Vichyite (1978) Times 9 Jan. 8/5 ``Each school of thought has
> its own pet profile of `Treasury Man', whether it be the
> Institute of Economic Affairs seeing in him the symptoms of
> chronic Keynesianism or the Tribune Group of left wing Labour
> MPs sniffing for `Vichyite' collaborators with the
> International Monetary Fund. ''
> 41. walk (1888) J. S. Winter Bootle's Childr. ix, ``And then she
> gave another sniff and walked off to the drawing-room again. ''
> 42. Watergate (1982) M. Russell Rainblast xiii. 125 ``The damage
> is done. Fleet Street gets the signal and..everyone's sniffing
> the stench of another Watergate.''
> 43. whiffle (1882) F. Anstey Vice Versa iv, ``This infernal
> whiffling and sniffing, sir, I will not put up with. ''
> 44. whister-cl(1883) Hampsh. Gloss., ``*Whister-sniff, a heavy
> blow. ''
> 45. wimmin (1938) Snow White &. Seven Dwarfs 31 ```Didn't I tell
> you?' sniffed Grumpy. `She's crazy. Wimmin! Pah!' ''
> 46. wind (1972) R. Crawford Whip Hand i. v. 22 ``Schuyler sniffed
> the wind and took his time about it. ''
> 47. wind (1974) D. Kyle Raft of Swords viii. 78 ```I have no
> reason... I just know.' `You sniff the wind. Very sensible.
> What do you smell?' ''
> 48. wind (1977) Time 22 Aug. 5/2 ``Certainly the Labor government
> and the nation's judiciary system are sniffing the wind.''
> 49. wolvish (1954) J. R. R. Tolkien Fellowship of Ring iv. 101
> ``Two wolvish-looking dogs sniffed at him suspiciously, and
> 50. womens (1945) L. Saxon et al. Gumbo Ya-Ya i. 8 ```It's damn
> funny' Fisher sniffed, `how womens is.' ''
> 51. wound-down(1974) P. McCutchan Call for Simon Shard xii. 110
> ``He sniffed through the wound-down window. ''
> 52. wump (1934) R. Nichols Fisbo 31 ``Hail to thee, thou much
> sniffed at by superior Persons and all wowsers, wumps and
> 53. yechy (1983) Washington Post 23 Dec. 15/1 ``She goes on and on
> about him in yecchy voice-overs: He was like `a licorice
> billygoat sniffing the wind for sexual sweat'.''