a person or thing that faces.
Informal. a blow in the face.
British Informal. an unexpected major difficulty, dilemma, or defeat.

Origin of facer

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

Historical Examples of facer

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

  • 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



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