lose (or save) face
Variant of face
- the front of the head from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, and from ear to ear; visage; countenance
- the expression of the countenance
- a surface of a thing; esp.,
- the front, upper, or outer surface or part
- any one of the surfaces of a geometric figure or crystal
- the side or surface that is marked, as of a clock, playing card, domino, etc., or that is finished, as of fabric, leather, etc.
- the appearance; outward aspect; semblance
- facial makeup; cosmetics: used chiefly in the phrases and
- dignity; self-respect; prestigeused chiefly in the phrase lose (or save) face
- the topography (of an area)
- the functional or striking surface (of a tool, golf club, etc.)
- what is shown by the language of a document, without explanation or addition
- Informal effrontery; audacity
- Mining the end of a tunnel, drift, etc., where work is being done
- the type surface on which a letter is cut; printing part of a letter or plate
- the full selection of type of a certain design
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin facia ; from Classical Latin facies, the face, appearance ; from base of facere, do
transitive verb faced, facing
- to turn, or have the face or front turned, toward: the building faces the square
- to meet or confront squarely or face to face
- to confront with boldness, courage, etc.
- to acknowledge and accept (facts, the truth, etc.)
- to put another material on the surface of
- to level and smooth the surface of (esp. a block of stone)
- to turn (a card, etc.) with the face up
- Mil. to cause (a formation of soldiers) to pivot by giving the appropriate command
- Sewing to apply a facing to (a collar, edge, etc.)
Origin: ME facen < the n.
- to turn, or have the face turned, toward a specified thing or person, or in a specified direction
- Mil. to pivot in a specified direction: usually in the form of a command: right face!