fly in the face of


fly in the face of
defy, clearly disobey

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • fly in the face of — or[fly in the teeth of] {v. phr.} To ignore; go against; show disrespect or disregard for. * /You can t fly in the face of good business rules and expect to he successful./ * /Floyd s friends tried to help him, but he flew in the teeth of their… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fly in the face of — or[fly in the teeth of] {v. phr.} To ignore; go against; show disrespect or disregard for. * /You can t fly in the face of good business rules and expect to he successful./ * /Floyd s friends tried to help him, but he flew in the teeth of their… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fly in the face of — or fly in the teeth of phrasal to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To fly in the face of — Face Face (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make (see {Fact}); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. {Facetious}.] 1. The exterior form or appearance… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fly in the face of — Fly Fly (fl[imac]), v. i. [imp. {Flew} (fl[=u]); p. p. {Flown} (fl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flying}.] [OE. fleen, fleen, fleyen, flegen, AS. fle[ o]gan; akin to D. vliegen, OHG. fliogan, G. fliegen, Icel. flj[=u]ga, Sw. flyga, Dan. flyve, Goth. us …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fly in the teeth of — phrasal see fly in the face of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • in the face of — {adv. phr.} 1. When met or in the presence of; threatened by. * /He was brave in the face of danger./ * /She began to cry in the face of failure./ 2. Although opposed by; without being stopped by. * /Talking continued even in the face of the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in the face of — {adv. phr.} 1. When met or in the presence of; threatened by. * /He was brave in the face of danger./ * /She began to cry in the face of failure./ 2. Although opposed by; without being stopped by. * /Talking continued even in the face of the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Face — (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make (see {Fact}); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. {Facetious}.] 1. The exterior form or appearance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Face ague — Face Face (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make (see {Fact}); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. {Facetious}.] 1. The exterior form or appearance… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Face card — Face Face (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make (see {Fact}); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. {Facetious}.] 1. The exterior form or appearance… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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