fly in the face of ...


Senior Member
I don't understand what "fly" means in the following context. It seems to mean "go against" or "contradict". Am I right?

The earlier a child was exposed to a second language, the better the child did' , he says.
This flies in the face of educational policy that suggests exposing a child to only one language at first.
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    "Fly in the face of" is an idiom.
    As with all idioms, don't try to parse each word.
    It's in our dictionary:
    fly in the face or teeth of, [ ~ + obj] to act in defiance of:to fly in the face of tradition.
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