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"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?

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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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