Definition of (as) plain as a pikestaff in English:

(as) plain as a pikestaff


  • 1Very obvious.

    • ‘It is as plain as a pikestaff that you had too much to drink.’
    • ‘"It is plain as a pikestaff, is it not, say the Crown that this attack on Mr Turner was committed by men who had looked for and found weapons and had chosen a fence as a suitable source for those weapons.’
    • ‘The Attorney General filed an immediate petition to rehear saying "it is as plain as a pikestaff that a judge has no authority to impose a sentence above the presumptive minimum unless an enhancement factor is found."’
    • ‘But after the battering that it has taken this week, it is as plain as a pikestaff that most observers will be lining up with the Department of Finance on this one.’
    • ‘‘It's as plain as a pikestaff,’ spokesman John Beyer told Private Aye, ‘that there's an attempt to influence public opinion.’’
    • ‘The reason for America's present activist foreign policy is as plain as a pikestaff and is known to everybody.’
    • ‘Why Ireland scores poorly is as plain as a pikestaff.’
    • ‘Now there may be some at St. Blogs to whom it is plain as a pikestaff what the bishop needs to be doing.’
    • ‘It is characteristic of thoughtful people that they don't understand some things that to others are as plain as a pikestaff.’
    • ‘It is as plain as a pikestaff that we did not have all the relevant facts before us when we voted on March 18.’
    clear, plain, plain to see, crystal clear, evident, apparent, manifest, patent, conspicuous, pronounced, transparent, clear-cut, palpable, prominent, marked, decided, salient, striking, distinct, bold, noticeable, perceptible, perceivable, visible, discernible, detectable, observable, tangible, recognizable
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  • 2Ordinary or unattractive in appearance.

    • ‘"Queer child, that Hatty!—plain as a pikestaff", and Mr. Lee took up his newspaper, and put his feet on the mantel.’
    • ‘Good god, man, she's plain as a pikestaff with a wardrobe fresh out of the Salvation Army.’
    unattractive, plain, plain-featured, plain-looking, plain as a pikestaff, ordinary-looking, unprepossessing, unlovely, ill-favoured, ugly
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Alteration of as plain as a packstaff, the staff being that of a pedlar, on which he rested his pack of wares.