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in your face

1. interjection An aggressive exclamation of triumph said after one has defeated someone or proven someone wrong. Although rude, the phrase is often used jocularly, without actual hostility. You said I wouldn't make the team, and guess who's the newest member of the pitching staff? Yeah, that's right, in your face! I beat you, just as I predicted—in your face!
2. adjective Overtly aggressive, especially in an attempt to garner attention, interest, etc. Typically hyphenated. I don't think an in-your-face advertising campaign will work in this case. We need something more subtle. People hate buying cars because the salespeople are way too in-your-face. Nancy's in-your-face attitude will serve her well in the business world.
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COMMON If someone or something is in-your-face or in-yer-face, they are direct and forceful, in a way that might shock or offend some people. She was a lively, in-your-face woman who was sometimes too honest for her own good. This is one of the most in-yer-face movies of the year.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012


mod. confrontational. Fred is just an in-your-face kind of guy. He means no harm.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"He's not a 12-round fighter and I've proven on numerous occasions that I finish fights strongly - round seven to round 12 I'm ferocious, big, strong, in-yer-face, bullish, I push you back and hit you hard, and if you're fading you're heading for the canvas.
Matt and Tim presented a sketch comedy in Unity Theatre's bar, which Robert was invited to see, and this led to an experiment - the creation of a devised show which was honed through writing with an anarchic, comic, in-yer-face edge.
Wallace herself should take credit for redressing the critical invisibility David Greig suffered in the first part of his career, which began in the early 1990s but, as she observes, was probably obscured by the pervasiveness of the In-Yer-Face label.
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