Definition of under someone's nose in US English:

under someone's nose


  • 1Directly in front of someone.

    ‘he thrust the paper under the Inspector's nose’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thrust the flyer under his nose, pointed at the single prohibition which was ‘No Trainers’ and wiggled my gleaming Oxford brogues at him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walk past a restaurant and a waiter shoots out and thrusts a menu under your nose.’
    • ‘She shoved paper and a pen under my nose, and slipped some money into my purse.’
    • ‘She thrust her left hand under his nose, and watched while he examined the ring.’
    • ‘He was just about to catch her when she doubled back, directly under his nose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a panic I took this paper from my pocket and thrust it under his nose.’
    1. 1.1 (of an action) committed openly and boldly, but without someone noticing or noticing in time to prevent it.
      ‘my phone was stolen from right under my nose’
      • ‘You might not have heard about these cases, but they go on right under your 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.’
      • ‘Whereas most people would be struggling after the first chorus, she practically steals the show from under Adams's nose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hackett, it seems, was clutched from under Mowbray's nose and was supposed to make his debut yesterday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You commit a brand-new federal crime right under the government's nose.’
      • ‘This American version of Sky was snatched from under Murdoch's nose by another broadcasting entrepreneur, Charlie Ergen.’
      • ‘You might not have noticed, but its happening right under your nose.’