On the nose


What's the meaning of the phrase 'On the nose'?

A bet on a horse to win.

What's the origin of the phrase 'On the nose'?

 

 

The New Yorker: Volume 23, Part 6, 1948:

I really thought Knapsack could win the race, so I sent a boy to put a bet on him. I told the boy to put twenty-five thousand on the nose on Knapsack

 

 

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Gary Martin

Writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.