face-saver

[ feys-sey-ver ]
/ ˈfeɪsˌseɪ vər /
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noun

something that saves one's prestige or dignity: Allow him the face-saver of resigning instead of being fired.

Nearby words

  1. face-harden,
  2. face-lift,
  3. face-nail,
  4. face-off,
  5. face-plant,
  6. face-saving,
  7. face-to-face,
  8. facebar,
  9. facebook,
  10. facecloth

Origin of face-saver

First recorded in 1940–45

Related formsface-sav·ing, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for face-saving

face-saving

adjective

maintaining dignity or prestige

face-saver

noun

something that serves to maintain the dignity or prestige of someone or something
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