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face-saver

[feys-sey-ver]
noun
  1. something that saves one's prestige or dignity: Allow him the face-saver of resigning instead of being fired.
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Origin of face-saver

First recorded in 1940–45
Related formsface-sav·ing, noun, adjective
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  • They both leaped at a chance to make a face-saving agreement.

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse


British Dictionary definitions for face-saving

face-saving

adjective
  1. maintaining dignity or prestige
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face-saver

noun
  1. something that serves to maintain the dignity or prestige of someone or something
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