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facer

[fey-ser]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that faces.
  2. Informal. a blow in the face.
  3. British Informal. an unexpected major difficulty, dilemma, or defeat.
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Origin of facer

First recorded in 1505–15; face + -er1
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Examples from the Web for facer

Historical Examples

  • It was undoubtedly a facer; but Scottie came back in his usual calm manner.

    Way of the Lawless

    Max Brand

  • This was a facer for Tom, but all he asked was how much money there was.

  • No man is safe from losing every penny he has in the world, unless he has had his facer.

  • "You look as if you had been given a facer, old man," he said.

    Uncle Terry

    Charles Clark Munn

  • It was a facer for us and, 'pon my word, I don't see how they did it.

    The Border Watch

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for facer

facer

noun
  1. a person or thing that faces
  2. a lathe tool used to turn a face perpendicular to the axis of rotation
  3. British informal a difficulty or problem
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