in-your-face

[ in-yoo r-feys ]
/ ˈɪnˌyʊərˈfeɪs /

adjective Informal.

involving confrontation; defiant; provocative.

Words nearby in-your-face

Origin of in-your-face

First recorded in 1985–90

Definition for in your face (2 of 2)

Origin of face

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (v.) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR face

1 Face, countenance, visage refer to the front of the (usually human) head. The face is the combination of the features: a face with broad cheekbones. Countenance, a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals the state of mind, and hence often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. Visage, still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, especially as revealing seriousness or severity: a stern visage.
2 appearance, aspect, mien.
7 exterior.
14 façade.
30 veneer.

OTHER WORDS FROM face

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British Dictionary definitions for in your face (1 of 3)

FACE

abbreviation for

Fellow of the Australian College of Education

British Dictionary definitions for in your face (2 of 3)

in-your-face

adjective

slang aggressive and confrontationalprovocative in-your-face activism

British Dictionary definitions for in your face (3 of 3)

face
/ (feɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of face

faceable, adjective

Word Origin for face

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make
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Medical definitions for in your face

face
[ fās ]

n.

The front portion of the head, from forehead to chin.
Facies.
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Scientific definitions for in your face

face
[ fās ]

A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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Idioms and Phrases with in your face (1 of 2)

in your face

Defiantly confrontational; also, an exclamation of contempt. For example, This show is not suitable for youngsters; its attitude about sex is in your face, or In your face, mister! This slangy expression originated in the 1970s in basketball as a phrase of contempt used against the opposing team and was extended to other areas by the mid-1980s.

Idioms and Phrases with in your face (2 of 2)

face

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