stare someone in the face

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stare someone in the face

  1. (idiomatic) To be extremely visible and obvious.
    Then, one night you wake up with a start at 3 o'clock in the morning with the answer staring you in the face. Or maybe it hits you in the bath, like Archimedes, or while you're on the loo.
    • John Locke
      The law [] stares them in the face whilst they are breaking it.