See Past The End Of One's Nose
(idiomatic) To have insight into underlying facts or consequences; to possess common sense or a vision for the future.
Example: 1964 Sept. 13, John Canaday, "Hello Sr. Brest," New York Times (retrieved 15 Dec 2015)
â€œIf you could find a curator someÂwhereâ€”I admit this is diffiÂcultâ€”who can see beyond the end of his nose, he would be glad to be a true innovator and get out of the internaÂtional rut.â€
1988 Dec. 7, Robert Maynard, "Bush better not ignore Mexico," Spartanburg Herald-Journal (US), p. A10 (retrieved 15 Dec 2015)
If my mother got on your case for being thoughtless or lacking in prudence or foresight, she likely would declare that you could not "see past the end of your nose".
2007, Sharan Newman, Heresy: A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery, ISBN 9781429910231, (Google preview):
â€œWhy didn't you tell me that you couldn't see past the end of your nose?â€ she demanded. â€œDo you realize the trouble you've caused?â€
2009 Dec. 26, Mark Reason, "Huge shadow of Tiger Woods dominates the decade of sport ," Telegraph (UK) (retrieved 15 Dec 2015)
It turned out that the BBC and its panel of newspaper experts couldn't see past the end of their own noses, let alone get a glimpse of the stars. The shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year was an absolute scandal of omission.
2011, Carrie Turansky, Along Came Love, ISBN 9781459201309, ch. 14 (Google preview):
He probably thought she was an overprotective, neurotic mother who couldn't see past the end of her nose where her son was concerned.