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Old September 01, 2009, 05:32 AM
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Arrow Si es un perro te muerde

In English?
When somebody is looking for something and it´s in front of his eyes but he doesn´t seem to see it. Do you say something similar in English like " if it was a wild dog it would bite you "
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If it were a dog it would have bitten me.
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"It's right under your nose" seems like a good equivalent, although taken literally it means something completely different.
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If it were a dog it would have bitten me.
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"It's right under your nose" seems like a good equivalent, although taken literally it means something completely different.
Son buenos, pero en inglés no hay un dicho exacto. Por lo menos que sé
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We say 'if it were a snake, it would have bit(bitten) you' where I grew up.
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We say 'if it were a snake, it would have bit(bitten) you' where I grew up.
Nunca había oído eses dichos! Siempre se está aprendiendo en su primer idioma!
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Nunca había oído esos dichos! Siempre se está aprendiendo en su primer idioma!
Pequeña corrección.
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In Mexico it's also used "si fuera/si hubiera sido víbora, te pica".
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"It's right under your nose" seems like a good equivalent, although taken literally it means something completely different.
Funny, this exists also in Dutch, the exact same in fact.

' Al die tijd gebeurde het onder mijn neus' -
' It was happening under my very nose the whole time'.

We also say ' voor mijn neus' but that has a slightly different meaning.
' Hij stond ineens voor mijn neus' -
' He appeared out of nowhere in front of me/ my eyes'.

' Hij kaapte het voor mijn neus weg' -
' He stole/took it right from under my nose'.

' Hij gooide de deur voor zijn neus dicht'-
' He slammed the door in his face'.

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Funny, this exists also in Dutch, the exact same in fact.

' Al die tijd gebeurde het onder mijn neus' -
' It was happening under my very nose the whole time'.

We also say ' voor mijn neus' but that has a slightly different meaning.
' Hij stond ineens voor mijn neus' -
' He appeared out of nowhere in front of me/ my eyes'.

' Hij kaapte het voor mijn neus weg' -
' He stole/took it right from under my nose'.

' Hij gooide de deur voor zijn neus dicht'-
' He slammed the door in his face'.

Parecido en español :

Pasó algo, me robaron, etc. delante de mis narices (también "morros" )
Salió de la nada.
Se dio con la puerta en las narices.
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