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Hugh’s message was short, but the meaning was plain enough.
It was plain that they knew each other already.
It was plain to everyone that Maude was not happy.
Therese made it plain that she would not help Robert any more.
Her disappointment was plain to see.
a plain wooden table
The gardens were fairly plain, with few plants.
a plain white T-shirt
We sell a selection of plain and patterned ties.
a plain sponge cake
The restaurant serves plain wholesome food.
It’s just plain Mr Cunningham now, no need to call me Doctor.
a plain answer
She was admired for her plain speaking.
There have been demands for the tax forms to be rewritten in plain English.
The plain fact is that he is not doing his job very well.
The recipe is nothing special – you just use plain old mince and some onion powder.
plain old common sense
It was cheating, plain and simple.
The project has been beset by plain and simple managerial incompetence.
This is the British English definition of plain. View American English definition of plain.