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What does in front of one’s nose mean?

Meaning of idioms with examples...

in front of one’s nose


The phrase in front of one's nose refers to something that is plain, clearly apparent, or obvious.

A variation of this idiom is:

under one's nose

Here is an example of the idiom in a famous quote by George Orwell:

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”


1. The answer to the question was right in front of her nose, but she just couldn't figure it out.

2. We've been looking for a solution to our financial problems for a long time while it was right in front of our noses.

3. I searched for my keys for the whole day and finally found them right under my nose.

4. If they had paid more attention, they would have discovered that the answer to the riddle was under their noses the whole time.

This idiom is in the parts of the body category

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