One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Show open contempt for someone by laughing rudely at them in their presence.figurative ‘vandals and muggers who laugh in the face of the law’
- ‘If anyone had told me in 2002 that I'd be sat at this computer writing about how I had overcome crippling self-doubt, anxiety, and low self-esteem I would have laughed in their face.’
- ‘I swear fate or something like it was laughing in my face.’
- ‘And this time, instead of having the feeling of one person looking at you, it seemed like the whole world was staring and laughing in my face.’
- ‘At one audition, the casting director laughed in her face.’
- ‘The bishop has moral authority over his priests, but if one of them laughs in his face, that moral authority is useless.’
- ‘This is right by the place where justice is supposed to be served and yet they're laughing in its face.’
- ‘When he excitedly told me about his new job three weeks ago - earning £12k less than me - I didn't laugh in his face and wave my payslip in his face.’
- ‘Rose was so furious that this man had the nerve to steal her away from her friends and family, stuff her in a crate, only to open it a while later and laugh in her face.’
- ‘If you'd walked up to me over a year ago and said I will be going to the gym twice a week within a few months, I would have laughed in your face.’
- ‘If, ten years ago, someone had said that I'd be writing sentences that like I would have laughed in their face in a cynically and postmodernly way, in keeping with my cool, confident image.’
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