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    #1

    as plain as the nose on your face

    Hi,

    This sentence was written by a native speaker and I did try to find the meaning but it's all in other languages. I was so stupid that I forgot to put the meaning of it down. What does it mean?

    It's as plain as the nose on your face.

    How or when do you use this?

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: as plain as the nose on your face

    How: You use it when something is extremely obvious.

    When: Anytime.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #3

    Re: as plain as the nose on your face

    Like plain as a pikestaff, which is less used nowadays.

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    #4

    Re: as plain as the nose on your face

    The pike itself is largely forgotten, not only in idiom. It must have been both terrifying and highly effective when actually used.

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    #5

    Re: as plain as the nose on your face

    Welcome to the forum, Mila.

    Please ask this unrelated question in a new thread, with the title by the skin of your teeth.

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    #6

    Re: as plain as the nose on your face

    That was a spammer- they edited the post to add a link.

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