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face card

the king, queen, or jack of playing cards.
Origin of face card
First recorded in 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The social standing of your hostess determines whether it shall be a face card or a twospot.

    The Cynic's Rules of Conduct Chester Field Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for face card

face card

(in a pack of playing cards) a king, queen, or jack of any suit Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) court card
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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face card

noun phrase

An important person; star; big shot: Oh, don't be so modest, you're a face card yourself now (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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