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1

Despite the opposition of, notwithstanding, as in In the face of published statistics, they insist there is no flu epidemic. [Early 1800s] Also see fly in the face of.

2

When confronted with, as in It is hard for brokers to be cheerful in the face of a falling stock market. [Late 1800s]

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