in plain view


chiefly US
: in a place that is easily seen
He carried his gun in plain view.

Examples of in plain view in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Summer is the busy season, with trails mostly snow-free, and wildlife enjoying the lush meadows in plain view. Emily Pennington, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 June 2023 But given the scale of Beijing’s ambitions, even these efforts often happen in plain view. Peter Mattis, Foreign Affairs, 28 Apr. 2023 George Santos, the New York Republican, whose infinite lies were in plain view, could never have been elected without blind partisan support. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 14 Apr. 2024 There was a disposable coffee cup in plain view, in front of Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen, on a grandiose dining table. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 But 22-year-old Jesus Ivan Dorantes-Guzman allegedly did all of this in plain view of a nearby homeless encampment, whose residents provided consistent accounts of what happened after the deadly accident that could help criminal charges against him stick. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 25 Apr. 2024 Among the complaints is that the carts take up a lot of space for people who live on a small lot and have no place to keep them except in plain view. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 Many Republican senators and members of Congress offered encouragement in plain view. Renee Diresta, Foreign Affairs, 14 Jan. 2021 Many Huntsville residents work in the prison, and many of the town’s daily activities take place in plain view of its walls. The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2024

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“In plain view.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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