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
References in classic literature ?
They were galloping rapidly toward the camp in plain view of all.
Following along the west shore, we rounded Point Pedro in plain view of the Chinese shrimp villages, and a great to- do was raised when they saw one of their junks towing behind the familiar fish patrol sloop.
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.
Students often leave these items out in plain view, and that makes it easy for someone to walk off with an expensive new toy.
A built-in tutorial provides easy-to-follow instruction on how to use the appliance and the user interface presents all the features in plain view for easy, "one click" access.
People should not leave valuable items in plain view in their vehicles," Gordon said.
Householders are also asked to consider what a stranger looking though a front window would see - car keys left on coffee tables, presents in plain view and other easy to grab items.