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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?

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In a comment, Mari-Lou-A wrote:

The object was right under his nose the whole time.


Right under your nose: to be in a place that you can clearly see:

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

[Cambridge English Dictionary]

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