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In your face

What's the meaning of the phrase 'In your face'?

In a bold aggressive manner.

What's the origin of the phrase 'In your face'?

This originated in the US in the 1970s. Many of the earliest citations relate to confrontations in sport. The earliest I can find is from Charles Rosen's novel about basketball - A Mile Above the

Rim, 1976:

'Stuffed!' shouted the taller boy. 'Doobie got himself stuffed!... In yo' face, Doobie!'

in your faceMore recently the phrase has often been used to describe the nose-to-nose pre-fight confrontations between boxers.

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