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 for To fly in the face of
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fly \Fly\ (fl[imac]), v. i. [imp. Flew (fl[=u]); p. p. Flown
     (fl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Flying.] [OE. fleen, fleen,
     fleyen, flegen, AS. fle['o]gan; akin to D. vliegen, OHG.
     fliogan, G. fliegen, Icel. flj[=u]ga, Sw. flyga, Dan. flyve,
     Goth. us-flaugjan to cause to fly away, blow about, and perh.
     to L. pluma feather, E. plume. [root]84. Cf. Fledge,
     Flight, Flock of animals.]
     1. To move in or pass through the air with wings, as a bird.
     2. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass
        or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.
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     3. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.
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              Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
                                                    --Job v. 7.
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     4. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate
        rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around;
        rumor flies.
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              Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.
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              The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.
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     5. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an
        enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.
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              Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.   --Milton.
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              Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ? --Shak.
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     6. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly
        or swiftly; -- usually with a qualifying word; as, a door
        flies open; a bomb flies apart.
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     To fly about (Naut.), to change frequently in a short time;
        -- said of the wind.
     To fly around, to move about in haste. [Colloq.]
     To fly at, to spring toward; to rush on; to attack
     To fly in the face of, to insult; to assail; to set at
        defiance; to oppose with violence; to act in direct
        opposition to; to resist.
     To fly off, to separate, or become detached suddenly; to
     To fly on, to attack.
     To fly open, to open suddenly, or with violence.
     To fly out.
        (a) To rush out.
        (b) To burst into a passion; to break out into license.
     To let fly.
        (a) To throw or drive with violence; to discharge. "A man
            lets fly his arrow without taking any aim." --Addison.
        (b) (Naut.) To let go suddenly and entirely; as, to let
            fly the sheets.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Face \Face\ (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face,
     perh. from facere to make (see Fact); or perh. orig.
     meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and
     akin to E. fancy. Cf. Facetious.]
     1. The exterior form or appearance of anything; that part
        which presents itself to the view; especially, the front
        or upper part or surface; that which particularly offers
        itself to the view of a spectator.
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              A mist . . . watered the whole face of the ground.
                                                    --Gen. ii. 6.
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              Lake Leman wooes me with its crystal face. --Byron.
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     2. That part of a body, having several sides, which may be
        seen from one point, or which is presented toward a
        certain direction; one of the bounding planes of a solid;
        as, a cube has six faces.
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     3. (Mach.)
        (a) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or
            pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or
        (b) That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog
            wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.
        (c) The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end
            to end; as, a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face.
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     4. (Print.)
        (a) The upper surface, or the character upon the surface,
            of a type, plate, etc.
        (b) The style or cut of a type or font of type.
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     5. Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect,
        whether natural, assumed, or acquired.
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              To set a face upon their own malignant design.
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              This would produce a new face of things in Europe.
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              We wear a face of joy, because
              We have been glad of yore.            --Wordsworth.
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     6. That part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes,
        cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance.
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              In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
                                                    --Gen. iii.
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     7. Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air;
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              We set the best faceon it we could.   --Dryden.
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     8. (Astrol.) Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac.
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     9. Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or
        confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness;
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              This is the man that has the face to charge others
              with false citations.                 --Tillotson.
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     10. Presence; sight; front; as in the phrases, before the
         face of, in the immediate presence of; in the face of,
         before, in, or against the front of; as, to fly in the
         face of danger; to the face of, directly to; from the
         face of, from the presence of.
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     11. Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor
         or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases.
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               The Lord make his face to shine upon thee. --Num.
                                                    vi. 25.
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               My face [favor] will I turn also from them. --Ezek.
                                                    vii. 22.
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     12. (Mining) The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or
         excavation, at which work is progressing or was last
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     13. (Com.) The exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond,
         or other mercantile paper, without any addition for
         interest or reduction for discount; most commonly called
         face value. --McElrath.
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     Note: Face is used either adjectively or as part of a
           compound; as, face guard or face-guard; face cloth;
           face plan or face-plan; face hammer.
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     Face ague (Med.), a form of neuralgia, characterized by
        acute lancinating pains returning at intervals, and by
        twinges in certain parts of the face, producing convulsive
        twitches in the corresponding muscles; -- called also tic
     Face card, one of a pack of playing cards on which a human
        face is represented; the king, queen, or jack.
     Face cloth, a cloth laid over the face of a corpse.
     Face guard, a mask with windows for the eyes, worn by
        workman exposed to great heat, or to flying particles of
        metal, stone, etc., as in glass works, foundries, etc.
     Face hammer, a hammer having a flat face.
     Face joint (Arch.), a joint in the face of a wall or other
     Face mite (Zool.), a small, elongated mite ({Demdex
        folliculorum), parasitic in the hair follicles of the
     Face mold, the templet or pattern by which carpenters,
        etc., outline the forms which are to be cut out from
        boards, sheet metal, etc.
     Face plate.
         (a) (Turning) A plate attached to the spindle of a lathe,
             to which the work to be turned may be attached.
         (b) A covering plate for an object, to receive wear or
         (c) A true plane for testing a dressed surface. --Knight.
     Face wheel. (Mach.)
         (a) A crown wheel.
         (b) A wheel whose disk face is adapted for grinding and
             polishing; a lap.
     face value the value written on a financial instrument;
        same as face[13]. Also used metaphorically, to mean
        apparent value; as, to take his statemnet at its face
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     Cylinder face (Steam Engine), the flat part of a steam
        cylinder on which a slide valve moves.
     Face of an anvil, its flat upper surface.
     Face of a bastion (Fort.), the part between the salient and
        the shoulder angle.
     Face of coal (Mining), the principal cleavage plane, at
        right angles to the stratification.
     Face of a gun, the surface of metal at the muzzle.
     Face of a place (Fort.), the front comprehended between the
        flanked angles of two neighboring bastions. --Wilhelm.
     Face of a square (Mil.), one of the sides of a battalion
        when formed in a square.
     Face of a watch, clock, compass, card etc., the dial or
        graduated surface on which a pointer indicates the time of
        day, point of the compass, etc.
     Face to face.
         (a) In the presence of each other; as, to bring the
             accuser and the accused face to face.
         (b) Without the interposition of any body or substance.
             "Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to
             face." 1 --Cor. xiii. 12.
         (c) With the faces or finished surfaces turned inward or
             toward one another; vis [`a] vis; -- opposed to back
             to back.
     To fly in the face of, to defy; to brave; to withstand.
     To make a face, to distort the countenance; to make a
        grimace; -- often expressing dislike, annoyance, or
        disagreement. --Shak.
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