see beyond one's nose

To make wise judgments about questions of importance to yourself and others; act with farseeing understanding. Used in negative, conditional, and interrogative sentences.
He couldn't save money or make plans for the future; he just never saw beyond the end of his nose.
People who always complain about school taxes would stop it if they could see beyond their noses and understand the importance of first-class schools.
Categories: nose verb

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