One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Oppose or resist with determination.‘he had set his face against the idea’
be against, object to, be hostile to, be anti, be in opposition to, disagree with, dislike, disapprove ofView synonyms
- ‘I didn't set my face against him and say I'd never get married because I wanted to go into politics, it just happened.’
- ‘His home had become tainted; he set his face against it and loped away down the country lane.’
- ‘I read that Seend have set their face against traffic calming, removed road markings and seen traffic speeds drop by 5mph.’
- ‘Can't he see that even the gods have set their face against him continuing?’
- ‘It was this principle - that once anything can be relative, nothing can be certain - which led him to set his face against the trend towards moral relativism.’
- ‘In view of the recent highlighting of farm income difficulties, there no longer could be any justification for either the Minister for Agriculture or other parties to set their face against change, he said.’
- ‘We set our face against any kind of empire building and this has helped generate trust.’
- ‘Ireland, legally united with England in 1801, was still very uncertainly pacified, yet George III had set his face against the measure Pitt thought most likely to expedite that pacification, the admission of Catholics to Parliament.’
- ‘But unless rents were to rise significantly, and we have set our face against such a change, progress would be slow.’
- ‘Facial mapping was a relatively new technique, and this court agreed with the trial judge that ‘one should not set one's face against fresh developments, provided that they have a proper foundation.’’
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