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- (The magnificence of the Ambersons was) as conspicuous as a brass band at a funeral —Booth Tarkington
- As conspicuous … as a butterfly among moths —George Feifer
- As conspicuous as a second nose —Mike Sommer
- As conspicuous as two fleas in a glass of milk, and about as welcome —Rosa Guy
- Blatant as a slammed door —George Garrett
- Her face was as easy to read as a crooked optometrist’s chart —Loren D. Estleman
- It was written all over him [that he was prone to trouble] in letters like headlines —William Humphrey
- Magnificence, like the size of a fortune, is always comparative —Booth Tarkington
- Noticeable as perfume —Wallace Stegner
- (The film has a payoff that’s as) obvious as a cream pie in the face —Gene Siskel, television review, October 13, 1986
- Obvious as a gesture —Stephen Crane
- Obvious as an elephant’s footprint —Anon
- (Those two guys can’t move around … without being) obvious as turds on butcher blocks —Harold Adams
- Obvious, like a poster forty feet high —J. B. Priestly
- (Her thoughts and her emotions had all been) outspread … like jewels —Edith Wharton
- Plain as a pig on a sofa —Flannery O’Connor
- (The case was as) plain as a pikestaff —Arthur Train
- Plain as graffiti on a brick wall —Elyse Sommer
- Plain as the nose on a man’s face —Rabelais
A variation by Robert Burton: “As clear and as manifest as the nose on a man’s face.”
- Plain as the paint on a whore’s face —Stephen Longstreet
- Stick out like a pregnant woman’s stomach —Anon
- (He was) subtle as a salvo —Jonathan Gash
- There’s no one so transparent as the person who thinks he’s devilish deep —W. Somerset Maugham
- Transparent as water in a goldfish bowl —Anon
- Unobtrusive as the roar of a lion —Erich Maria Remarque
plain as a pikestaff Plain as day, obvious, clear-cut, evident. This proverbial expression, dating from the late 16th century, is a variant of the earlier, now obsolete, plain as a packstaff. The allusion is to the simple style and plain, smooth surface of a pikestaff, a type of walking stick with a metal point at the lower end.
The evidence against him was as plain as a pikestaff. (Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset, 1867)
plain as the nose on your face Exceedingly obvious; extremely conspicuous. This concept was conveyed by Shakespeare in The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
Oh jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, As a nose on a man’s face, or a weathercock on a steeple. (II, i)
The expression, clearly derived from the prominence of the nose on the human face, has maintained common usage through the centuries.
It is as plain as the nose on your face that there’s your origin. (Thomas Hardy, Pair Blue Eyes, 1873)
point-blank See CANDIDNESS.
|Noun||1.||obviousness - the property of being easy to see and understand|
conspicuousness - high visibility
blatancy - the property of being both obvious and offensive; "the blatancy of his attempt to whitewash the crime was unforgivable"