[ fey-ser ]
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  1. a person or thing that faces.

  2. Informal. a blow in the face.

  1. British Informal. an unexpected major difficulty, dilemma, or defeat.

Origin of facer

First recorded in 1505–15; face + -er1

Words Nearby facer

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How to use facer in a sentence

  • This would have been a “facer” to any but a true son of Uncle Sam.

    Worldly Ways and Byways | Eliot Gregory
  • I shall bear it well enough presently; but it's an awful facer, old boy.

  • Take care you don’t get an answer of that sort—a facer, I mean—from the ‘pretty fisher maiden.

    Interludes | Horace Smith
  • This was a facer for the ex-priest, and ere he could frame a retort Jerome took up the matter again.

    Sea-Dogs All! | Tom Bevan
  • This was a facer, for the words "Justice of the Peace" had already set me quaking.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for facer


/ (ˈfeɪsə) /

  1. a person or thing that faces

  2. a lathe tool used to turn a face perpendicular to the axis of rotation

  1. British informal a difficulty or problem

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