English version

sniff something ↔ out

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsniff something ↔ out phrasal verb1 SMELLto discover or find something by its smell A customs officer came round with a dog to sniff out drugs.2 informalFIND OUT to find out or discover something Vic’s been trying to sniff out where you went last night. sniff→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
sniff outThere are an awful lot of opportunities around if you can only sniff them out.He knew the local C.I.D. and it was said he could sniff a copper out a mile away.Like animals, they sniff me out, like dogs.In trials with real and willing patients, it looks as if George sniffed right five out of seven times.They had found him quicker than he'd anticipated, sniffing him out through the darkened streets.
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Verb table
sniff
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysniff
he, she, itsniffs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysniffed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave sniffed
he, she, ithas sniffed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad sniffed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill sniff
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have sniffed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam sniffing
he, she, itis sniffing
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you, we, theyare sniffing
Past
I, he, she, itwas sniffing
you, we, theywere sniffing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been sniffing
he, she, ithas been sniffing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been sniffing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be sniffing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been sniffing
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