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Stare in the face

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Stare in the face

Reader's question:  

Finally, the truth stared me in the face, and I had to admit to myself what had really happened. When the facts in the case stared the jury in the face, there was nothing they could do but acquit.

Could you explain "stare in the face"?

My comments:

When you notice someone staring you in the face, what do you do?

You stare back, whether out of curiosity, interest or involuntarily.

When truth stares you in the face? You stare back at "truth", which stands for the reality of whatever situation you find yourself in, usually a difficult situation.

In other words, it's time you faced reality, stopped fooling yourself with illusions (pretending that what happened did not happen) and did what you were supposed to do.

Still in other words, there's no place to hide. Brace yourself, get you act together and do what you've got to do.

Good luck.

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About the author:

Zhang Xin has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.