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under one's nose

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underground, the

noun phrase

Political or cultural dissenters collectively who lead a partly or wholly clandestine life and resist the dominant regime; also, their arena of life and operations

[WWII & 1960s+ counterculture; term first applied to the various resistance movements against German occupation in World War II and then adopted by the 1960s counterculture, which saw the US government and culture as analogous with the Hitlerian]


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under one's nose

Right there, in plain view, as in Your keys are on the table, right under your nose. This expression is generally a reminder that something one cannot find is actually there. [ c. 1600 ]
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