Origin of face-saver
Related formsface-sav·ing, noun, adjective
Examples from the Web for face-saving
The face-saving compromise that saved the country from default was simply a promise to deal with the deficit later.Washington Runs Out of Gas as Budget Battle Leads to More Paralysis|Howard Kurtz|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Edward, at least, was given the face-saving task of dashing off to see Daddy in hospital.The Curse of Fergie: Sarah Ferguson Is Back, at the London Olympics|Tom Sykes|August 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Israel rightly fears that its allies may accept a face-saving, temporary agreement that ignores the key issues.
For face-saving purposes, I suggested that the capitulation could be to NATO, rather than other Libyans.
The news release papers things over with friendly quotes that appear to be part of a face-saving effort.
They both leaped at a chance to make a face-saving agreement.Bear Trap|Alan Edward Nourse