plain as a pikestaff

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plain as a pikestaff (not comparable)

  1. (simile) Extremely clear and plain to see.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 12, The Cyclops
      --Don't you know he's dead? says Joe.
      --Paddy Dignam dead! says Alf.
      --Ay, says Joe.
      --Sure I'm after seeing him not five minutes ago, says Alf, as plain as a pikestaff.
      --Who's dead? says Bob Doran.
      --You saw his ghost then, says Joe, God between us and harm.