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]


Nearby words

  1. under lock and key,
  2. under one's belt,
  3. under one's breath,
  4. under one's feet,
  5. under one's hat,
  6. under one's own steam,
  7. under one's skin,
  8. under pain of,
  9. under par,
  10. under secretary

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