stare (someone) in the face

Definition of stare (someone) in the face

  1. :  to look directly into the eyes of (someone) She stared me in the face and told me to leave. —usually used figuratively for something that should be apparent The solution was staring me in the face. Failure was staring him in the face. They stared death in the face and didn't flinch.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes

    :  to show oneself conspicuously

    :  to stand on end :  bristle

  1. :  the act or an instance of staring

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

    :  the face as a means of identification :  countenance

    :  presence, sight

  1. :  to confront impudently

    :  to line near the edge especially with a different material

    :  to cover the front or surface of

Seen and Heard

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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