Phrasal-Nouns – Letter N

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(a) Runny Nose – This is an idiomatic Phrasal Noun to describe when the mucous membranes are producing a nearly constant supply of thin mucous that continually pours or drips out of the nose.  Usually due to some sickness or allergy.  We use the verb run in an adjective form because we also use the verb run to describe the flow of water out of a faucet or in a river.  So the mucous (in slang form called “snot”) is running out of the nose…  “I don’t think that I should come to work today, because I am coughing and sneezing and I have a terribly *runny nose*.”  –  (Also Note:  the adverb “runny” is not usually used to describe anything else.  See Also:  “(ones’s) Nose Is Running”)

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