pikestaff


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*plain as day

 and *plain as a pikestaff 
1. Cliché very plain and simple. (*Also: as ~.) Although his face was as plain as day, his smile made him look interesting and friendly. Fred: I have a suspicion that Marcia is upset with me. Alan: A suspicion? Come on, Fred, that's been plain as a pikestaff for quite some time! 2. and *plain as the nose On one's face Cliché clear and understandable. (*Also: as ~.) The lecture was as plain as day. No one had to ask questions. Jane: I don't understand why Professor Potter has been so friendly this week. Alan: It's plain as the nose on your face. He wants to be nominated for Professor of the Year.
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plain as day

Also, plain as the nose on your face. Very obvious, quite clear, as in It's plain as day that they must sell their house before they can buy another, or It's plain as the nose on your face that she's lying. These similes have largely replaced the earlier plain as a packstaff or pikestaff, from the mid-1500s, alluding to the stick on which a peddler carried his wares over his shoulder. The first term, from the late 1800s, is probably a shortening of plain as the sun at midday; the variant dates from the late 1600s.
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plain as day

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plain as the nose on your face

If something is as plain as day or as plain as the nose on your face, it is very easy to see, or obvious and easy to understand. He was lying there plain as day, in his hospital gown. It's plain as the nose on your face that this company is wildly undervalued. Note: In old-fashioned British English, you can also say that something is plain as a pikestaff. I saw your grandmother this morning, here as plain as a pikestaff, at the foot of my bed. Note: This expression was originally `plain as a packstaff'. A packstaff was a long stick that pedlars used to carry their bundles. The word `pikestaff' was substituted at a later time: a pikestaff was a long walking stick. Both packstaffs and pikestaffs were very plain and simple.
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plain as day (or the nose on your face)

very obvious. informal
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plain as a pikestaff

1 very obvious. 2 ordinary or unattractive in appearance.
This phrase is an alteration of plain as a packstaff , which dates from the mid 16th century, the staff being that of a pedlar, on which he rested his pack of goods for sale. The version with pikestaff had developed by the end of the 16th century
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(as) plain as a ˈpikestaff

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(as) plain as ˈday

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(as) plain as the nose on your ˈface

(informal) easy to see or understand; obvious: It’s as plain as a pikestaff; this government is ruining the economy.You can’t miss the sign, it’s right there, as plain as the nose on your face.
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Although we are not there yet, the figures are as plain as a pikestaff.
It would be an exaggeration to say the place went mad, but the crowd made their feelings known in pikestaff plain fashion.
After Gospel Song had gone out in front from flagfall, he was passed at the second flight by Pikestaff, who was sent into a clear advantage, but was never going to stay at the head of affairs.
John Venmore, acting for Mr Wynne's family, said of the Mint, ``It is as plain as a pikestaff that they were ignoring the warning indicator and were taking a reckless risk over the safety of employees.
That he killed her is clear and it is as plain as a pikestaff,' said Mr Crigman.
It's as plain as a pikestaff that she's feeling neglected and forgotten by Dick.
Even the most witless could grasp the pikestaff plainness of it all - the Pipe horses were fitter than the others, marching to a different beat of the drum.
He backed the idea of a London transport tax saying: "It is plain as a pikestaff that there ought to be some kind of Crossrail levy.
He is not just as plain as a pikestaff but appears thick, deceitful, boring and according to his last girlfriend, he's a selfish pig in bed.
Barnes himself was on the scoresheet when Pikestaff gained his second win of the season, landing the staying handicap hurdle by 20 lengths under claimer Ben Orde-Powlett.
The United States Embassy notifies travel agents of the visa requirements on a regular basis, and it is as plain as a pikestaff that you did not qualify for non-visa status.
Lee went on to complete a double on Pikestaff, trained by Maurice Barnes, the seven-year-old repeating his course-anddistance win of last season by scoring an easy success from In Good Faith.
Lee went on to complete a double on Pikestaff, trained by Maurice Barnes, the seven-year-old repeating his course-and distance win of last season by scoring an easy success from In Good Faith.
The shock result of the day was provided by Pikestaff, who landed the three-mile handicap hurdle by 21 lengths, despite being 2lb out of the handicap and with rider Ben Orde-Powlett putting up 3lb overweight.
The reason we don't have as much medieval stained glass, gilded statuary and boxes of saints' knuckle bones in our churches as do, say, the French, is because yokels with pikestaffs burst in and smashed them all in a fit of Dissolution, Reformation and Puritan pique.