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fly in the face of

fly in the face of
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [flahy in stressed th ee feys uhv, ov]
    • /flaɪ ɪn stressed ði feɪs ʌv, ɒv/
    • /flaɪ ɪn ðə feɪs əv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [flahy in stressed th ee feys uhv, ov]
    • /flaɪ ɪn stressed ði feɪs ʌv, ɒv/

Definitions of fly in the face of words

  • verb without object fly in the face of to move through the air using wings. 1
  • verb without object fly in the face of to be carried through the air by the wind or any other force or agency: bits of paper flying about. 1
  • verb without object fly in the face of to float or flutter in the air: flags flying in the breeze. 1
  • verb without object fly in the face of to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft. 1
  • verb without object fly in the face of to move suddenly and quickly; start unexpectedly: He flew from the room. 1
  • verb without object fly in the face of to change rapidly and unexpectedly from one state or position to another: The door flew open. 1

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Origin of fly in the face of

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English flīen, Old English flēogan; cognate with Old High German fliogan, German fliegen, Old Norse fljuga

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Parts of speech for Fly in the face of

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

fly in the face of popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fly in the face of

verb fly in the face of

  • withstand — to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, especially successfully: to withstand rust; to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation.
  • defy — If you defy someone or something that is trying to make you behave in a particular way, you refuse to obey them and behave in that way.
  • go through — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.
  • confront — If you are confronted with a problem, task, or difficulty, you have to deal with it.
  • court — A court is a place where legal matters are decided by a judge and jury or by a magistrate.

Antonyms for fly in the face of

verb fly in the face of

  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • capitulate — If you capitulate, you stop resisting and do what someone else wants you to do.
  • complain — If you complain about a situation, you say that you are not satisfied with it.

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