Idioms

    face the music. music(def 9).
    face to face,
    1. facing or opposite one another: We sat face to face at the table.
    2. in an open, personal meeting or confrontation: The leaders spoke face to face about a reduction in nuclear arms.
    face to face with, in close proximity to; narrowly escaping; confronting: face to face with death.
    fly in the face of. fly1(def 35).
    get out of someone's face (usually used imperatively)
    1. Southern U.S.go away!; leave.
    2. Slang.to stop bothering or annoying someone.
    in someone’s face,
    1. in a confrontational way that shows annoyance or contempt: When I asked for money, he just laughed in my face.
    2. Slang.confrontational toward someone, as by criticizing or annoying persistently: My dad got in my face about my bad grades.
    in your face, Slang.
    1. (usually used imperatively to tease someone or flaunt something in a confrontational way): We won the game. In your face!
    2. involving confrontation; defiant; provocative: His political commentary is always in your face.See also in-your-face.
    in the face of,
    1. in spite of; notwithstanding: She persevered in the face of many obstacles.
    2. when confronted with: They were steadfast in the face of disaster.
    lose face, to suffer disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment: It was impossible to apologize publicly without losing face.
    make a face, to grimace, as in distaste or contempt; contort one's face in order to convey a feeling or to amuse another: She made a face when she was told the work wasn't finished. The children made me laugh by making faces.
    on the face of it, to outward appearances; superficially; seemingly: On the face of it, there was no hope for a comeback.
    put on a bold face, to give the appearance of confidence or assurance: Everyone knew that he had been fired, even though he put on a bold face.Also put a bold face on.
    save face, to avoid disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment: She tried to save face by saying that the bill had never arrived.
    set one's face against, to disapprove strongly of; oppose: My parents have set their face against my becoming an actress.
    show one's face, to make an appearance; be seen: I would be ashamed to show my face in such an outlandish outfit. Just show your face at the party and then you can leave.
    to one's face, in one's presence; brazenly; directly: Tell him to his face that he's a liar!

Origin of face

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (v.) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun
Related formsface·a·ble, adjectivesub·face, nounun·der·face, nounun·der·face, verb (used with object), un·der·faced, un·der·fac·ing.un·face·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for face

1. Face, countenance, visage refer to the front of the (usually human) head. The face is the combination of the features: a face with broad cheekbones. Countenance, a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals the state of mind, and hence often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. Visage, still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, especially as revealing seriousness or severity: a stern visage. 2. appearance, aspect, mien. 7. exterior. 14. façade. 30. veneer.
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British Dictionary definitions for lose face

FACE

abbreviation for

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face

noun

  1. the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage
  2. (as modifier)face flannel; face cream
  1. the expression of the countenance; looka sad face
  2. a distorted expression, esp to indicate disgust; grimaceshe made a face
informal make-up (esp in the phrase put one's face on)
outward appearancethe face of the countryside is changing
appearance or pretence (esp in the phrases put a bold, good, bad, etc, face on)
worth in the eyes of others; dignity (esp in the phrases lose or save face)
informal impudence or effrontery
the main side of an object, building, etc, or the frontthe face of a palace; a cliff face
the marked surface of an instrument, esp the dial of a timepiece
the functional or working side of an object, as of a tool or playing card
  1. the exposed area of a mine from which coal, ore, etc, may be mined
  2. (as modifier)face worker
the uppermost part or surfacethe face of the earth
Also called: side any one of the plane surfaces of a crystal or other solid figure
mountaineering a steep side of a mountain, bounded by ridges
either of the surfaces of a coin, esp the one that bears the head of a ruler
British slang a well-known or important person
Also called: typeface printing
  1. the printing surface of any type character
  2. the style, the design, or sometimes the size of any type fount
  3. the print made from type
nautical aeronautics the aft or near side of a propeller blade
fly in the face of to act in defiance of
in one's face directly opposite or against one
in face of or in the face of despite
look someone in the face to look directly at a person without fear or shame
on the face of it to all appearances
set one's face against to oppose with determination
show one's face to make an appearance
shut one's face slang (often imperative) to be silent
to someone's face in someone's presence; directly and openlyI told him the truth to his face
until one is blue in the face informal to the utmost degree; indefinitely

verb

(when intr, often foll by to, towards, or on) to look or be situated or placed (in a specified direction)the house faces on the square
to be oppositefacing page 9
(tr) to meet or be confronted byin his work he faces many problems
(tr) to accept or deal with somethinglet's face it, you're finished
(tr) to provide with a surface of a different materialthe cuffs were faced with velvet
to dress the surface of (stone or other material)
(tr) to expose (a card) with the face uppermost
military, mainly US to order (a formation) to turn in a certain direction or (of a formation) to turn as requiredright face!
ice hockey
  1. (of the referee) to drop (the puck) between two opposing players, as when starting or restarting playSee also face-off
  2. to start or restart play in this manner
face the music informal to confront the consequences of one's actions
Derived Formsfaceable, adjective

Word Origin for face

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make
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Word Origin and History for lose face

face

n.

late 13c., "front of the head," from Old French face (12c.) "face, countenance, look, appearance," from Vulgar Latin *facia (cf. Italian faccia), from Latin facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious).

Replaced Old English andwlita (from root of wlitan "to see, look") and ansyn, the usual word (from the root of seon "see"). In French, the use of face for "front of the head" was given up 17c. and replaced by visage (older vis), from Latin visus "sight." To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.

face

v.

"confront with assurance, show a bold face," mid-15c., from face (n.) Related: Faced. To face the music is theatrical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lose face in Medicine

face

[fās]

n.

The front portion of the head, from forehead to chin.
Facies.
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lose face in Science

face

[fās]

A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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Idioms and Phrases with lose face

lose face

Be embarrassed or humiliated, especially publicly. For example, Terry lost face when his assistant was promoted and became his boss. Both this expression and the underlying concept come from Asia; the term itself is a translation of the Chinese tiu lien and has been used in English since the late 1800s. Also see save face.

face

In addition to the idioms beginning with face

  • face down
  • face it
  • face the music
  • face to face
  • face up
  • face up to
  • face value
  • face with

also see:

  • at face value
  • blue in the face
  • brave face
  • do an about-face
  • egg on one's face
  • feed one's face
  • fly in the face of
  • hide one's face
  • in someone's face
  • in the face of
  • in your face
  • keep a straight face
  • laugh out of the other side of one's mouth (face)
  • long face
  • look someone in the face
  • lose face
  • make a face
  • on the face of it
  • plain as day (the nose on your face)
  • poker face
  • put one's face on
  • red in the face
  • save face
  • set one's face against
  • show one's face
  • slap in the face
  • stare in the face
  • stuff one's face
  • talk one's arm off (until blue in the face)
  • throw in someone's face
  • to someone's face
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