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facedown

[ adverb feys-doun; noun feys-doun ]
/ adverb ˈfeɪsˈdaʊn; noun ˈfeɪsˌdaʊn /
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adverb

with the face or the front or upper surface downward: He was lying facedown on the floor. Deal the cards facedown on the table.

noun

Also face-down .Informal. a direct confrontation; showdown.

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Origin of facedown

1930–35; (def. 1) face + down1; (def. 2) noun use of verb phrase face down
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British Dictionary definitions for facedown

face down

verb (tr, adverb)

to confront and force (someone or something) to back down
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Idioms and Phrases with facedown

face down

1

With the upper surface put down, as in Please put these papers face down. This usage appears to come from cardplaying. [First half of 1600s] The antonym, “with the upper surface uppermost,” is face up.

2

Overcome, intimidate, or browbeat someone in a bold confrontation. This verbal expression dates from the 16th century. Shakespeare used it in The Comedy of Errors (3:1): “Here's a villain that would face me down.”

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