There is a proverb in Hindi language बगल में छोरा, गाँव में ढिंढोरा It means that a person has lost something and is searching every corner of the city. But, the lost thing is right with him which he realizes much later. It could also indicate a forgetful or an absent minded person.

What is the English equivalent proverb or idiom for this one?

  • I'm racking my brains, but finding nothing there. Maybe the answer is close at hand. There ought to be an idiom for this. Especially for the sensation experienced when one keeps looking in the same places for a lost object. – Nigel J Nov 6 '17 at 12:21
  • Can’t see the wood for the trees or more likely can’t see the nose in front of your face or perhaps can’t see what’s in front of your nose? By the way 75512, we search either every corner or every nook and cranny… unless you did that on purpose… – Robbie Goodwin Nov 6 '17 at 23:25
  • @RobbieGoodwin Thank you for the correction. Somehow, the idiom is tweaked and used as 'every nook and corner' in the Indian subcontinent. It is probably Indianized English. Now, I know the right one. Corrected my question too. targetstudy.com/knowledge/idiom/nook-and-corner.html shabdkosh.raftaar.in/… – user75512 Nov 7 '17 at 5:08
  • @NigelJ have a memory like a sieve. Does it come anywhere close to this? – user75512 Nov 7 '17 at 12:01
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    The object was right under his nose the whole time. – Mari-Lou A Nov 7 '17 at 18:29

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