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    be (as) plain as the nose on your face

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    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    be (as) plain as the nose on your face (ALSO be (as) plain as a pikestaff)
    to be very obvious:
    He's not happy here - that's as plain as the nose on your face.


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    Would it be okay to change plain into "obvious"?

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    Re: be (as) plain as the nose on your face

    I think it would be OK (-ish) with 'nose', but 'obvious as a pikestaff' sounds very weird to me.

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    Re: be (as) plain as the nose on your face

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Would it be okay to change plain into "obvious"?
    You could change any idiom you like. But using personal variants of obviously idiomatic phrases will generally confirm that you are a non-native speaker.
    (Example: Zeva, an Israeli, in the TV program NCIS. Her mangled idioms are a running gag.)

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