"I insist!" said Hermione aggressively, shaking the bag of pastilles in his face. Looking rather alarmed, the little wizard took one.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I don't understand why 'in' should be used in that phrase, rather than 'in front of' or 'on'? What does it mean?


It is an idiom, not to be taken literally. "To be in X's face" means to be "too close for X's comfort."

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    Getting "in someone's face" isn't just an invasion of someone's personal space, like standing too close; it is confronting them in a way that's impossible to ignore. idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+your+face – ColleenV Oct 30 '19 at 10:29

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