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Is there a word for phrase for when you look for something over and over in the same places unsuccessfully then find it there when you look again?

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    I have it written down here somewhere ... Let me look ...
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:01
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    The word changes based on how old you are.
    – Jim
    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:49
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    "It's been staring me in the face all this time."
    – Hugh
    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:18
  • Could you provide an example sentence explaining how you wish to use it, please?
    – BiscuitBoy
    Jan 27, 2016 at 7:49
  • It's called a "man look" or "boy look" when a man or boy is looking for ages and when a woman or girl find it immediately. Jan 27, 2016 at 11:52

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be (right) under your nose

"I ​spent all ​morning ​looking for the ​book, and it was ​right under my nose the ​whole ​time."

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If it was a snake, it would have bit me!

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In my world this is referred to as: man vision.

The canonical example being a search for milk in the refrigerator. The milk is front and center on the top shelf but the person has an inability to perceive it, and consequently searches all other areas of the refrigerator.

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    This is something I've never heard before, though I found it documented on Reddit. It brings an unnecessary gender stereotype, one that I assume is on its way out.
    – Laurel
    Jan 20 at 19:18

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