[ adverb feys-doun; noun feys-doun ]

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

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

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 face down

face down

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to confront and force (someone or something) to back down

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Other Idioms and Phrases with facedown


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.

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