[ feys-tuh-feys ]
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  1. with the fronts or faces toward each other, especially when close together.

  2. involving close contact or direct opposition: a face-to-face confrontation of adversaries.

  1. 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, FTF, ftf

Origin of face-to-face

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50

Words Nearby face-to-face

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How to use face-to-face in a sentence

  • But I've never seen the crumb face-to-face since that Moonhop.

    The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Made it sound as though there was some scandal; insisted that a reporter come to Dunnan House for a face-to-face interview.

    Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
  • After all, here she is face-to-face with a man who actually knows the story of the separation, and can talk of it without pain.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • He was an ardent fisherman—loving that leisurely face-to-face contemplation of Nature which goes with rod and line.

    Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3 | Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • In that face-to-face combat in the darkness the odds were with the stoat.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland

British Dictionary definitions for face to face

face to face

adverb, adjective(face-to-face as adjective)
  1. opposite one another

  2. in confrontation

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Other Idioms and Phrases with face-to-face


In each other's presence, opposite one another; in direct communication. For example, The two chairmen sat face to face, or It's time his parents met the teacher face to face. [Mid-1300s]

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