plain as a pikestaff


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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
See also: pikestaff, plain

(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.
See also: pikestaff, plain
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There it was, sticking out, plain as a pikestaff, like something out of a comic strip.
He added: "It is as plain as a pikestaff that an airport such as a regional airport can only be managed, run and developed by the private sector.
We have had so many high-profile cases of people falsely accused recently, and who have suffered obvious trauma as a result of their public pillorying, that it should be plain as a pikestaff that anonymity should be granted to the accused to match the anonymity of the accuser.
That he killed her is clear and it is as plain as a pikestaff,' said Mr Crigman.