Tuesday, January 22, 2013

cliché: as plain as the nose on your face

Meaning: Very obvious (definition).

Example: The sore on his lip was as plain as the nose on your face. (Source.)

Origins: Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Thomas Hardy’s Pair Blue Eyes, 1873. (Origins.)

  • as plain as the snout on a sow
  • as obvious as the horn on a rhino
  • as evident as a turret on a tank
  • as patent as whiskers on a chin
  • as sure as cute on a kitten

Discussion: Although the idiom is mostly about everyday obviousness, you might also read it to be about plainness and certainty.

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