in the face of

Idioms & Phrases

in the face of

  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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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