see no further than (the end of) (one's) (own) nose

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see no further than (the end of) (one's) (own) nose

1. To lack the ability to foresee problems, issues, or obligations beyond the present or immediate future. The future of our world is being dictated by the greedy leaders of corporations who can see no further than the end of their own noses.
2. To be so preoccupied with oneself or one's own problems as to be unaware of or indifferent to larger issues or other people. My ex-husband was always so wrapped up in work that he could see no further than the end of his nose, hardly ever making any time for me or the kids.
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see no further than the end of one's nose

 and cannot see (any) further than the end of one's nose; can't see beyond the end of one's nose
Fig. to be narrow-minded; to lack understanding and perception. She is so selfish she can see no further than the end of her nose. You don't care about any one but yourself. You can't see any further than the end of your nose.
See also: end, further, no, nose, of, see
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