(right) under (one's) (very) nose

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(right) under (one's) (very) nose

1. In a place easy to see or find. I've been looking all over for that invitation, and it was right under my nose the whole time!
2. When one is physically present. I can't believe that one of my employees was falsifying records right under my nose.
See also: nose
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(right) under someone's (very) nose

 
1. Fig. right in front of someone. I thought I'd lost my purse, but it was sitting on the table under my very nose. How did Mary fail to see the book? It was right under her nose.
2. Fig. in someone's presence. The thief stole Jim's wallet right under his nose. The jewels were stolen from under the very noses of the security guards.
See also: nose
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

under one's nose

Right there, in plain view, as in Your keys are on the table, right under your nose. This expression is generally a reminder that something one cannot find is actually there. [c. 1600]
See also: nose
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

under your nose

COMMON If something, especially a bad thing, happens under your nose, it happens in your presence or very near to you, and you either do not notice it or cannot do anything to stop it. I became convinced that something sinister was taking place right under my nose. Then suddenly I knew what had been going on here all along, right under our noses. Note: You can also say that someone takes something from under your nose, meaning that they steal it in your presence or very near to you, and you either do not notice it or cannot do anything to stop it. The prisoners stole it from under the noses of two red-faced police officers.
See also: nose
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

under someone's nose

(of an action) committed openly and boldly, but without someone noticing or noticing in time to prevent it. informal
See also: nose
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

(right) under somebody’s ˈnose

(informal)
1 very close to somebody, even though they cannot see it: ‘Where are the car keys?’ ‘There, right under your nose.’
2 used to talk about something bad that happens over a period of time, but which nobody has noticed: Stealing from the kitchen has been going on right under their noses for years.
See also: nose
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

under (someone's) nose

In plain view: The keys are right under your nose.
See also: nose
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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EVERTON may finally have found the answer to their two-year search for a striker - and it's been right under their nose all this time.
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The policemen are not doing their jobs and are letting illegal activity take place right under their noses.
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With Donna's copper colleagues there to pay their respects this would be a bad time for Ross to start mouthing off about what Donna's really up to right under their noses. One person who won't be joining the mourners is Ashley: his soon-to-be-ex girlfriend Carol sees to that.
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