Meaning of under someone's nose in English:

under someone's nose


  • 1informal 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.’