(as) plain as the nose on (one's) face(redirected from as plain as the nose on your face)
(as) plain as the nose on (one's) face
Very obvious or noticeable. Those two have been flirting all afternoon—it's as plain as the nose on your face! In the end, the solution was as plain as the nose on my face.
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plain as day/the nose on your face
As obvious as can be. The earliest similes for patently obvious were plain as a packstaff or pikestaff (that is, the staff on which a peddler or hobo carried his bundles), used from the fifteenth century, and plain as the nose on your face, from the sixteenth century. The former is obsolescent, at least in America; the latter is still very current, heard even more than plain as day, a nineteenth-century locution.
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