Meaning of under someone's nose in English:

under someone's nose


  • 1 informal Directly in front of someone.

    • ‘he thrust the paper under the Inspector's nose’
    • ‘the series was whisked away from under the noses of BBC radio to become one of Channel 4's biggest successes’
    • ‘I had searched and searched for my path, and finally found that it was the one directly under my nose that I was used to.’
    • ‘He was just about to catch her when she doubled back, directly under his nose.’
    • ‘Well, I was just on my way home from school, looking at my feet while I was walking, when suddenly a piece of paper is shoved under my nose.’
    • ‘She shoved paper and a pen under my nose, and slipped some money into my purse.’
    • ‘In a panic I took this paper from my pocket and thrust it under his nose.’
    • ‘Walk past a restaurant and a waiter shoots out and thrusts a menu under your nose.’
    • ‘I thrust the flyer under his nose, pointed at the single prohibition which was ‘No Trainers’ and wiggled my gleaming Oxford brogues at him.’
    • ‘Finally, I got enough courage and thrust the picture under his nose and blurted, ‘Can you do this?’’
    • ‘Four movie tickets were thrust under his nose and brandished wildly.’
    • ‘She thrust her left hand under his nose, and watched while he examined the ring.’
    1. 1.1(of an action) committed openly and boldly but without anyone noticing.
      ‘my phone was stolen from right under my nose’
      • ‘You commit a brand-new federal crime right under the government's nose.’
      • ‘You might not have noticed, but its happening right under your nose.’
      • ‘You might not have heard about these cases, but they go on right under your nose.’
      • ‘All three have been touted as potential suitors for the Edinburgh-based bank in the past, and may yet be able to persuade their shareholders that it is worth paying a hefty premium for whisking her away from under Halifax's nose.’
      • ‘Two years ago, at this track, they stunned McLaren with a daring three-stop strategy which pinched the race from under McLaren's nose when the Woking team clearly had the faster race car.’
      • ‘Vaughan's elevation to a world class batsman makes Yorkshire more pleased than ever that they were able to snatch the Manchester-born cricketer from under Lancashire's nose.’
      • ‘With John Philips, also from the Ballyclare club, needing a win to nick second place from under Danielle's nose, it was always going to be a tough encounter.’
      • ‘This American version of Sky was snatched from under Murdoch's nose by another broadcasting entrepreneur, Charlie Ergen.’
      • ‘Whereas most people would be struggling after the first chorus, she practically steals the show from under Adams's nose.’
      • ‘Hackett, it seems, was clutched from under Mowbray's nose and was supposed to make his debut yesterday.’