set (one's) face against (something)

set (one's) face against (something)

To be strongly opposed to or disapproving of something. My parents set their faces against me marrying her, so we eloped. The CEO has promised to set his face against any pay cuts or job losses following the disastrous third-quarter performance.
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set one's face against

Strongly disapprove, as in Her parents set their faces against her eloping. The term set one's face has been used in the sense of "assume a fixed facial expression" since the mid-1500s.
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set your face against something

mainly BRITISH
If you set your face against something, you oppose it in a very determined way. Tricia wondered if he had ever considered moving, but heard that he had set his face against the idea. Both the government and the major rebel groups appear to have set their faces against a negotiated settlement to the conflict. Note: You often use this expression when you think someone is being unreasonable. Note: This expression is used several times in the Bible. When God `set His face against' someone who had sinned, He showed that He was angry with them.
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set your face against

oppose or resist with determination.
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set your face against something

(written, especially British English) be strongly opposed to something and refuse to change your opinion: Her father had set his face against the marriage.
See also: face, set, something