defy collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈfaɪ/

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refuse to obey someone or something

Adverbs frequently used with defy
openly or deliberately: blatantly, deliberately, openly, publiclyWorkers in several unions openly defied their leaders by taking strike action.repeatedly: continually, repeatedlyHe argued that mothers who repeatedly defied court rulings on access should be jailed.successfully: successfullyPeople began to believe that unjust laws could be successfully defied.

be almost impossible to describe, believe, or understand

Nouns frequently used as the object of defy
belief, categorization, classification, comprehension, definition, description, expectation, explanation, imagination, logicTheir claims defy belief.
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