can't see hand in front of face

can't see (one's) hand in front of (one's) face

Cannot see anything at all due to darkness. Can you turn on the basement light? I can't see my hand in front of my face down here!
See also: face, front, hand, of, see
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

can't see one's hand in front of one's face

Fig. [to be] unable to see very far, usually due to darkness or fog. (Also with cannot.) It was so dark that I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. Bob said that the fog was so thick he couldn't see his hand in front of his face.
See also: face, front, hand, of, see
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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