in plain view


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in plain view

In full, unrestricted view; visibly, openly, or publicly. I can't believe you go outside in plain view of the neighbors with your bathrobe open! Law enforcement spends so much time and resources going after petty criminals, while all these white-collar crooks on Wall Street are swindling people for millions in plain view!
See also: plain, view
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Mexico--like many other countries--is so overtly corrupt that federal officials are complicit in the trafficking, and it often takes place in plain view.
Once the preliminary search was completed and no illegal weapons were found, the telephone company security officer was called in to identify any company equipment that may have been in plain view.