Definition of in-your-face in US English:



  • Blatantly aggressive or provocative; impossible to ignore or avoid.

    ‘hard-boiled, in-your-face action thrillers’
    • ‘She uses an edgy, in-your-face style to break the communication barrier around the eternal issues and dilemmas of desire.’
    • ‘It seems the fall trend in Hollywood is the secret romance, as opposed to the previous trend of in-your-face romance.’
    • ‘This is such a great idea that we are convinced other stadiums will follow suit and go for in-your-face product branding.’
    • ‘He was a product of the aggressive, cowboy culture of in-your-face broadcast journalism; he cut corners.’
    • ‘There are no ballads or melodies, just raw, heavy in-your-face aggression.’
    • ‘The beachfront, for example, is three quarters of a mile of dense, in-your-face, swelling sea along a flat, featureless bay.’
    • ‘Maxey said he will avoid in-your-face confrontation that is certain to energize amendment supporters.’
    • ‘The grille design is certainly in tune with the aggressive trends of the moment, but not as in-your-face as some.’
    • ‘Peaches makes no apologies for her brazen, in-your-face lyrics.’
    • ‘I have to say, she has run a very feisty, in-your-face campaign.’
    forceful, incisive, strong, powerful, vigorous, vivacious, zestful, animated, dynamic, enthusiastic, effective, impressive, striking, telling, influential, cogent, compelling, convincing, persuasive, eloquent, dramatic, passionate, graphic, vivid, moving, potent, authoritative, great, forcible, aggressive, irresistible, effectual
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1970s: from in your face, used as a derisive insult.



/ˈin yər ˈˌfās//ˈɪn jər ˈˌfeɪs/