fly in the face of something

fly in the face of something
fly in the face of something phrase
to completely oppose, or be completely opposite to, something that most people believe or accept

Flying in the face of public opinion, the local authority has approved the demolition of the old theatre.

Thesaurus: to oppose something or someonesynonym
Main entry: fly

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fly in the face of ˈsth idiom
to oppose or be the opposite of sth that is usual or expected

Such a proposal is flying in the face of common sense.

Main entry:flyidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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