Tell him openly/ clear cut /straightforwardly

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hectacon

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Hindi
If his behavior is bothering you, then tell him openly/ clear cut /straightforwardly ?

Which adjective/adverb should I use in this context?
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    "To his face".

    If his behavior is bothering you, then tell it to his face.
    If his behavior is bothering you, then tell it to him face to face.
     

    hectacon

    Senior Member
    Hindi
    "To his face".

    If his behavior is bothering you, then tell it to his face.
    If his behavior is bothering you, then tell it to him face to face.
    If his behavior is bothering you, then tell him at his face. Is this also idiomatic?
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    HUHHH??:confused::confused:. So should I say( the teacher scolded / the person insulted) him to his face or in his face?
    "At" does not work. It has to be "to his face".

    "In his face" has another connotation entirely. It suggests that you've invaded that person's personal space.

    If someone enters your intimate zone and is not an intimate of yours they are "getting in your face".

     
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