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[fey-ser] /ˈfeɪ sər/
a person or thing that faces.
Informal. a blow in the face.
British Informal. an unexpected major difficulty, dilemma, or defeat.
Origin of facer
First recorded in 1505-15; face + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was undoubtedly a facer; but Scottie came back in his usual calm manner.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • This was a facer for Tom, but all he asked was how much money there was.

  • No man is safe from losing every penny he has in the world, unless he has had his facer.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • "You look as if you had been given a facer, old man," he said.

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • It was a facer for us and, 'pon my word, I don't see how they did it.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The question was somewhat of a facer, for how could Dick and Alec then interfere?

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • And then we'll give such a facer to Boom, he'll think for fifty years.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • He looked like a man who had had a facer and was a bit dazed in consequence.

  • But he had not expected the spider to give him such a facer as this.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • This would have been a “facer” to any but a true son of Uncle Sam.

    Worldly Ways and Byways Eliot Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for facer


a person or thing that faces
a lathe tool used to turn a face perpendicular to the axis of rotation
(Brit, informal) a difficulty or problem
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