Plain as a pikestaff. Quite obvious and unmistakable. The
pikestaff was the staff carried by pilgrims, which plainly and somewhat
ostentatiously announced their “devotion.” It has been suggested that
“pikestaff” is a corruption of “packstaff,” meaning the staff on
which a pedlar carries his pack, but there is no need for the change.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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