under somebody's 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! Mom, I found your glasses! They were right under our noses this whole time. I keep my most important documents right under my nose so I remember to update them every day.
2. When one is physically present. I can't believe that one of my employees was falsifying records right under my nose. It seems that some of my students have been copying each other's test answers right under my very nose. I think my cleaning woman stole my bracelet. And I was home on Tuesday too, so she did it under my very nose!
See also: nose
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(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
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