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in-your-face

[ in-yoor-feys ]
/ ˈɪnˌyʊərˈfeɪs /
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adjective Informal.
involving confrontation; defiant; provocative.
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Origin of in-your-face

First recorded in 1985–90
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British Dictionary definitions for in-your-face

in-your-face

adjective
slang aggressive and confrontationalprovocative in-your-face activism
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Other Idioms and Phrases with in-your-face

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.

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