Gibson uses the example of asking someone out on a date as how younger generations turn to nonverbal communication to save face.
So let's not try to save face for public opinion because I don't need to play victim so people can take my side.
And certainly Rand Paul is correct when he says we “should not fight a war to save face.”
So how could he save face and broadcast to the world that he is indeed “serious?”
Barack Obama does not bring the pride and the need to save face that was so apparent within this present administration.
Whether it will be able to save face this time may depend on divine intervention, or at least a better accountant.
And while he may have made his decision at least in part to save face, he might have also helped save Jamie's life.
But once the matter is brought to their “official attention,” they have to take action in order to “save face.”
Just as the Chinese will do anything to "save face" so the Briton will do anything not to "lose face."
Her skipper offered me a tow, but I was anxious to save face as much as possible by returning on my own, and so declined.
late 13c., "front of the head," from Old French face (12c.) "face, countenance, look, appearance," from Vulgar Latin *facia (cf. Italian faccia), from Latin facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious).
Replaced Old English andwlita (from root of wlitan "to see, look") and ansyn, the usual word (from the root of seon "see"). In French, the use of face for "front of the head" was given up 17c. and replaced by visage (older vis), from Latin visus "sight." To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.
"confront with assurance, show a bold face," mid-15c., from face (n.) Related: Faced. To face the music is theatrical.
The front portion of the head, from forehead to chin.
To insult; embarrass; humiliate; burn •This sense probably originated in basketball, where aggressive players put their hands in front of other players' faces: face, which means to embarrass (1980s+ Students)
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