fly in the face of

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Verb[edit]

fly in the face of ‎(third-person singular simple present flies in the face of, present participle flying in the face of, simple past flew in the face of, past participle flown in the face of)

  1. (idiomatic) To act in a manner highly contrary to; to counteract or contradict.
    The new design is very edgy and certainly flies in the face of tradition.