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stare in the face

stare in the face  {n. phr.}
1. Быть на пороге, близко (чтобы встретиться или произойти).
Grandmother became very sick and death was staring her in the face.
Defeat stared them in the face, but the soldiers fought on bravely.
2. Быть легко замеченным; быть ясным (простым).
Are you looking for your pencil? It's on your desk, staring you in the face.
Their friends all knew that Mary loved John, but John did not see it even though it was staring him in the face.
Категории: death {n. phr.}