Idioms

Origin of face

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (v.) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR face

1 Face, countenance, visage refer to the front of the (usually human) head. The face is the combination of the features: a face with broad cheekbones. Countenance, a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals the state of mind, and hence often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. Visage, still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, especially as revealing seriousness or severity: a stern visage.
2 appearance, aspect, mien.
7 exterior.
14 façade.
30 veneer.

Related forms

Definition for face down (2 of 2)

facedown

[ adverb feys-doun; noun feys-doun ]
/ adverb ˈfeɪsˈdaʊn; noun ˈfeɪsˌdaʊn /

adverb

with the face or the front or upper surface downward: He was lying facedown on the floor. Deal the cards facedown on the table.

noun

Also face-down. Informal. a direct confrontation; showdown.

Origin of facedown

1930–35; (def 1) face + down1; (def 2) noun use of verb phrase face down
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British Dictionary definitions for face down (1 of 3)

face down


verb (tr, adverb)

to confront and force (someone or something) to back down

British Dictionary definitions for face down (2 of 3)

FACE


abbreviation for

Fellow of the Australian College of Education

British Dictionary definitions for face down (3 of 3)

face

/ (feɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

faceable, adjective

Word Origin for face

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make
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Medicine definitions for face down

face

[ fās ]

n.

The front portion of the head, from forehead to chin.
Facies.
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Science definitions for face down

face

[ fās ]

A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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Idioms and Phrases with face down (1 of 2)

face down


1

With the upper surface put down, as in Please put these papers face down. This usage appears to come from cardplaying. [First half of 1600s] The antonym, “with the upper surface uppermost,” is face up.

2

Overcome, intimidate, or browbeat someone in a bold confrontation. This verbal expression dates from the 16th century. Shakespeare used it in The Comedy of Errors (3:1): “Here's a villain that would face me down.”

Idioms and Phrases with face down (2 of 2)

face


In addition to the idioms beginning with face

  • face down
  • face it
  • face the music
  • face to face
  • face up
  • face up to
  • face value
  • face with

also see:

  • at face value
  • blue in the face
  • brave face
  • do an about-face
  • egg on one's face
  • feed one's face
  • fly in the face of
  • hide one's face
  • in someone's face
  • in the face of
  • in your face
  • keep a straight face
  • laugh out of the other side of one's mouth (face)
  • long face
  • look someone in the face
  • lose face
  • make a face
  • on the face of it
  • plain as day (the nose on your face)
  • poker face
  • put one's face on
  • red in the face
  • save face
  • set one's face against
  • show one's face
  • slap in the face
  • stare in the face
  • stuff one's face
  • talk one's arm off (until blue in the face)
  • throw in someone's face
  • to someone's face
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