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Be on the verge of defeat, death, or another unpleasant fate:‘Everton were staring defeat in the face’
- ‘Secretary Bruce Cook said: ‘Another disaster like the Holbeck Hall is staring them in the face again and they are ignoring it.’’
- ‘Looking back, with the benefit of hindsight, it may seem to most people that the Council overlooked what was staring them in the face.’
- ‘They want to believe that everything is fine, and if necessary they'll halfway convince themselves it is, even when evidence to the contrary is staring them in the face.’
- ‘Just when it seemed a comprehensive defeat was staring them in the face Ardmore proceeded to enjoy their most productive spell of the entire game.’
- ‘Thus, in the occupied areas of the Soviet Union, Poland, and the Balkans, people had little to lose by resisting, since death was staring them in the face irrespective of their actions.’
- ‘And their first two-game losing streak was staring them in the face.’
- ‘Football League oblivion is staring the club in the face.’
- ‘To their eternal credit however Ballyduff never wilted even when the inevitability of defeat was staring them in the face.’
- ‘Just four months ago, the LDP was staring an electoral disaster in the face.’
- ‘When Steve Prescott scored his second just after the break Salford were staring a hefty defeat in the face.’
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