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
'Stuffed!' shouted the taller boy. 'Doobie got himself stuffed!... In yo' face, Doobie!'
More recently the phrase has often been used to describe the nose-to-nose pre-fight confrontations between boxers.