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Hi,

What does 'in the face of someone' mean here?

Thank you very much.

"In the 1960s, Jesse Owens is accused of tax evasion. So court-appointed investigator Lew Gilbert takes a look into Owens' back story. What he finds is a life full of both adversity and triumph. As a young man, Owens faces racism on a daily basis, but eventually teams up with white coach Charles Riley and pushes his way into the 1936 Olympics. There, he triumphs in the face of Hitler and serves as a beacon for black America."

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Bookmark the following websites for future reference:

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/in-the-face-of-something

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/in-the-face-of-something

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/in-the-face-of-something

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/in-the-face-of-something

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Hi teechr,

Thank you for your answer, but I mean 'in the face of someone', not 'something'. I don't think they have the same meaning. Does 'in the face of someone' mean the same as 'in someone's face'?

You can see from the provided links that the writer does not know the meaning of "in the face of". He thinks it means "in someone's face", a slang taunt. "In your face, Adolph!"

anonymousThank you for your answer, but I mean 'in the face of someone', not 'something'. I don't think they have the same meaning.

In a context like the above, they imply the same thing.

anonymousDoes 'in the face of someone' mean the same as 'in someone's face'?

No. Start a new thread if you want to ask about "in someone's face".

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