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be staring (something) in the face

To be likely to experience or be affected by something, usually something unpleasant. Janet was staring death in the face for weeks—she really made a miraculous recovery
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be staring something in the face

COMMON If you are staring a bad situation in the face, the situation is very likely to happen, or will happen soon. At 5-0 down, she was staring defeat in the face. Some of my patients are actually staring death in the face. Note: You can also say that the bad situation is staring you in the face. Failure was staring Marconi in the face.
See also: face, something, stare
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

be staring something in the face

(of a person) be on the verge of defeat, death, or ruin.
See also: face, something, stare
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