One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Show contempt or scorn for.
- ‘And, above all, there is the funny, articulate defiance of Rotten, who, having been poor, sickly and Irish gleefully spat in the face of Britain's moral conventions because he really had nothing to lose.’
- ‘A culture that spits in the eye of the God who gives us freedom and dignity will find itself unable to resist tyranny.’
- ‘It's a well known fact that all teenagers are constantly committing crimes and spitting in the face of the law.’
- ‘If the logic she's employing is accepted without challenge by those who agree with that assessment then they will have collectively spat in the face of the real traditions of the Left.’
- ‘You will experience a sense of liberation for the rest of your working life and be able to spit in the eye of just about anyone who crosses you - a great and abiding pleasure.’
- ‘It appears that there are lots of other beers in the world and if a brewer chooses to spit in the eye of millions of Irish and German Catholics, they can find those other beers and drink them instead.’
- ‘It's about wrecking yourself on that huge air and getting up and laughing, and then spitting in the eye of the giant frowning face that is conformity.’
- ‘In taking that approach, he completely cancels any nobility or purity of his sacrifice and spits in the face of what most religions hold dear: the sanctity of life.’
- ‘Did I now intend to just go and spit in the eye of that legacy?’
- ‘I don't root for them because I'm a dark, soulless being or because I have some undying need to spit in the face of Red Sox fans.’
- ‘The youth movements spat in the face of all that: punk in a stand-up-and-offend-people way, new romanticism in a curious way, rave culture in an en masse party animal way.’
- ‘Unaware of their limited rights as employees at will, they apparently thought they could spit in the eye of a behemoth and escape untouched.’
- ‘Admittedly they are only fictions, but in every film about brave newspapers and fearless journalists, there is inevitably a scene of truth's crusaders spitting in the eye of the very advertisers who pay their salaries.’
- ‘I need to remember these things because to forget would be to spit in the face of every single person who died that day.’
- ‘That the band was brought down by a drunk driver fuels the irony and spits in the face of what Compromise stood for.’
- ‘The Arab streets had not risen, ‘to spit in the face of Zionism and imperialism’.’
- ‘Not only is the action predictable, but the coincidences on display don't just laugh in the face of believability, they spit in the face of believability and then kick it in the groin repeatedly.’
- ‘I mean, I think that was almost an attempt to spit in the face of anybody who feels that such things shouldn't be there.’
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