The definition of face saving is something done to try to lessen embarrassment or to make one's self look better in a situation where a person is embarrassed or made to look bad.
An example of face saving is saying "Oh I was going to break up with her anyway" after your girlfriend dumps you.
Preventing or intended to prevent the loss of one's dignity or self-esteem.
Preserving or intended to preserve one's dignity, self-respect, or good reputation.
Alternative spelling of facesaving.