in one's face
phrasal directly and aggressively in one's presence <
dunked the ball in his face
>
— often used with get to describe aggressively confrontational speech or behavior <
his boss got in his face about being late
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • in one's face — {adv. phr.} 1. Against your face. * /The trick cigar blew up in the clown s face./ * /A cold wind was in our faces as we walked to school./ 2. In front of you. * /The maid slammed the door in the salesman s face./ * /I told the boys that they… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in one's face — {adv. phr.} 1. Against your face. * /The trick cigar blew up in the clown s face./ * /A cold wind was in our faces as we walked to school./ 2. In front of you. * /The maid slammed the door in the salesman s face./ * /I told the boys that they… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw something in one's face — or[throw something in one s teeth] {v. phr.} To blame a person for (something wrong); not allow someone to forget (a mistake or failure). Often used with back . * /Bob came home late for dinner last week, and his mother keeps throwing it back in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw something in one's face — or[throw something in one s teeth] {v. phr.} To blame a person for (something wrong); not allow someone to forget (a mistake or failure). Often used with back . * /Bob came home late for dinner last week, and his mother keeps throwing it back in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blow up in one's face — {v. phr.}, {informal} To fail completely and with unexpected force. * /The thief s plan to rob the bank blew up in his face when a policeman stopped him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blow up in one's face — {v. phr.}, {informal} To fail completely and with unexpected force. * /The thief s plan to rob the bank blew up in his face when a policeman stopped him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to one's face — {adv. phr.} Directly to you; in your presence. * /I told him to his face that I didn t like the idea./ * /I called him a coward to his face./ Compare: IN ONE S FACE. Contrast: BEHIND ONE S BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to one's face — {adv. phr.} Directly to you; in your presence. * /I told him to his face that I didn t like the idea./ * /I called him a coward to his face./ Compare: IN ONE S FACE. Contrast: BEHIND ONE S BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to one's face — phrasal in one s presence or so that one is fully aware of what is going on …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hide one's face — or[hide one s head] {v. phr.} 1. To lower your head or turn your face away because of shame or embarrassment. * /The teacher found out that Tom had cheated, and Tom hid his head./ * /When Bob said how pretty Mary was, she blushed and hid her face …   Dictionary of American idioms

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