- with the fronts or faces toward each other, especially when close together.
- involving close contact or direct opposition: a face-to-face confrontation of adversaries.
- noting, relating to, or promoting interaction that takes place in person, as opposed to online interaction or electronic communications: face-to-face classrooms. Abbreviation: f2f, F2F
Origin of face-to-face
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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Examples from the Web for face-to-face
When you were face-to-face with Mr. Davis when he was standing up, could you describe what his face looked like?From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman
August 20, 2014
It has made her anxious, even if much of the face-to-face attention has been positive.Will Jordan Davis Become the First Transgender Miss England?
February 28, 2014
This concern has led, in some quarters, to a revival of an ancient communications technology: face-to-face conversation.Confide Is the Best Way to Keep Your Dastardly Deeds Hidden—For Now
January 17, 2014
The face-to-face, the things, the bromance … … That amazing scene where you fire off your gun in the air out of frustration.Keanu Reeves on ‘Man of Tai Chi,’ ‘Bill & Ted’ & ‘Point Break’
September 13, 2013
Of course, in the South, face-to-face interactions are almost always pleasant, even if people gossip behind your back.Gay, Southern, and Loving It
March 27, 2013
I was wretchedly nervous when they did come and brave a face-to-face meeting.Nights
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
You're wondering what the first face-to-face meeting's going to be like.Starman's Quest
I was brought around so that I was face-to-face with the person.Little Brother
In that face-to-face combat in the darkness the odds were with the stoat.Lives of the Fur Folk
M. D. Haviland
What fierce, face-to-face wrestlings with grief and remorse were hers!