in your face


A "close talker" is an annyoing person who doesn't understand the spatial boundaries of a conversation. Speaking in uncomfortably close proximity makes him seem pushy and "in your face."

Hi, everyone.
The paragraph advices that you should keep a certain distance with whom you talk. But the last part--"make him seem in your face/make him in your face"-- is hard to understand. What does it mean? <For your information>, the quotation marks are used by the author himself.

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  • susanna76

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    What if it's said after a fight? For instance, in one episode of The Gilmore Girls, Luke plays with Dean some sort of game, using a puppet: a toy which they punch and pull at, etc. Luke thrashes Dean, and then says, "In your face, man. In your face." What exactly is he saying?


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    But why is he using this expression? Is it the idea that "you saw it, you witnessed it, you're a loser"? Or is it the idea that the defeat was like a punch in the other guy's face?


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    American English
    I think it's youth slang. When you're playing a game and you score a point, you might say that to the opponent. I guess it suits the characters.


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    Right. I was wondering though why you'd choose this particular expression, how you relate to it when you say it.


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    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Just to say that this is in our WR Dictionary, which also lists the adjectival use:

    ▶adjective informal blatantly aggressive or provocative.
    – origin 1970s: from in your face, used as a derisive insult.