One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be openly at variance with (what is usual or expected)‘a need to fly in the face of convention’
go against, flout, defy, disobey, refuse to obey, rebel against, thumb one's nose at, disregard, ignore, set one's face against, kick againstView synonyms
- ‘This kind of charity flies in the face of all the economic truths that are evident and all the truths we have been told by the government.’
- ‘Miss Lyall said: ‘It was flying in the face of what central government were saying.’’
- ‘This government continues to fly in the face of not just international opinion, but commonsense and decency.’
- ‘This approach may fly in the face of what the public wants.’
- ‘This flies in the face of what the king's supporters want.’
- ‘It flies in the face of reason and logic to expect such a thing.’
- ‘The idea not only seemed illogical, it also flew in the face of what the Government was trying to achieve in the first place.’
- ‘‘The Home Secretary has chosen to fly in the face of so much compelling evidence that the law needs to be changed,’ said Mr Davis.’
- ‘However, at least one of the contributors is an American, which seems to fly in the face of what they are attempting.’
- ‘Of course, that completely flies in the face of what is really happening.’
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