: characterized by or expressive of bold and often defiant aggressiveness
in-your-face basketball
also : aggressively intrusive
in-your-face advertising

Examples of in-your-face in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an in-your-face election-year State of the Union address, President Biden delivered one of the most confrontational speeches that any president has offered from the House rostrum, met by equally fractious heckling from his Republican opponents. Peter Baker, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The memorials are in-your-face reminders of institutional failure and widespread impunity. Luis Antonio Rojas, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2024 But, as is tradition, the haters hardly scratched the surface of this sixth record, overlooking its genuine feats of all-encompassing production and high-energy, in-your-face vocals. Allaire Nuss, EW.com, 6 Feb. 2024 The interior is adorned with the pretentiously in-your-face creations of one of its occupants, artist Rigoberto Duplas (Fernando Bonilla). Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 2 Feb. 2024 Suggs is one of the most in-your-face perimeter defenders in the NBA this season. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 8 Jan. 2024 Don’t call them retreads, these are vital in-your-face live performances. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024 Rodrigo's whole look is a far cry from the brazen, in-your-face outfits of the 2000s: Her letting the fuzzy top be the focal point feels like just the right amount of statement. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 10 Dec. 2023 No one ever accused Skrillex of subtlety, and this is prime in-your-face fun. Pitchfork, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in-your-face was in 1982

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“In-your-face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in-your-face. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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: characterized by bold and often defiant aggressiveness
in-your-face basketball
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