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English definition of “stare sb in the face”

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stare sb in the face

informal
If something stares someone in the face, it is very easy to see or obvious: The answer has been staring us in the face all along! to be certain or almost certain to happen: A rise in interest rates is staring us in the face.
(Definition of stare sb in the face from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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