with the face or the front or upper surface downward: He was lying facedown on the floor. Deal the cards facedown on the table.
Also face-down .Informal. a direct confrontation; showdown.
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How to use facedown in a sentence
Wilson’s altercation with Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin — in which he dealt a blow near the head of a facedown Buchnevich then threw Panarin to the ground, twice — resulted in Wilson receiving a $5,000 fine.Capitals’ Tom Wilson says Rangers altercation ‘took on a new life after the game’ | Samantha Pell | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The $5,000 fine was a result of Wilson striking Buchnevich in the back of the head while he was facedown on the ice.New York Rangers fined $250,000 for statement criticizing NHL’s Department of Player Safety | Samantha Pell | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
In a 6-3 loss Monday to the visiting Capitals, a second-period fracas saw Washington’s Tom Wilson strike New York’s Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head while Buchnevich was laying facedown on the ice.The Rangers reshuffled their front office after being eliminated from NHL postseason play | Des Bieler | May 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Another struggle ensued, with Pesoa ending up facedown on a sidewalk, still in handcuffs.Judge clears Montgomery officer of assault conviction for slamming knee into handcuffed suspect | Dan Morse | March 3, 2021 | Washington Post
He was convicted because he slammed his knee into a man who was handcuffed and lying facedown.Judge clears Montgomery officer of assault conviction for slamming knee into handcuffed suspect | Dan Morse | March 3, 2021 | Washington Post
Carter looked at Gallegos, who was lying facedown next to them.
Even more emphatically, Urquhart—with a roguish smile—turns her picture facedown on his desk.Rewind: BBC’s Iconic Political Thriller ‘House of Cards’ Still Captivates | Jace Lacob | January 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The clerk had another clipboard with another form, as well as a facedown photo.Hurricane Sandy Victim Jacob Vogelman’s Mother Remembers His Life | Michael Daly | November 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And while I no longer collapse facedown in my food, I have fallen asleep in some pretty unlikely places.
It features a young woman, facedown in front of her fiancé's grave, whispering to him.
He saw himself lying facedown, nearly nude on the rack, his blond hair darkened and plastered down with sweat.The Saracen: The Holy War | Robert Shea
British Dictionary definitions for face down
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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