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face British & World English

The front part of a person’s head from the forehead to the chin, or the corresponding part in an animal

face English Thesaurus

she has a beautiful face

look someone in the eye British & World English

Look directly at someone without showing embarrassment, fear, or shame

spit in the eye of British & World English

Show contempt or scorn for

stare someone in the eye British & World English

Look fixedly or boldly at someone

en face British & World English

Facing forwards

face up British & World English

With the face or surface turned upwards to view

baby face British & World English

A smooth round face like a baby’s

club face British & World English

The side of the head of a golf club that strikes the ball

duck face British & World English

An exaggerated pouting expression in which the lips are thrust outwards, typically made by a person posing for a photograph

face down British & World English

With the face or surface turned towards the ground

lose face British & World English

Be humiliated or come to be less highly respected

save face British & World English

Avoid humiliation

face off British & World English

Take up an attitude of confrontation, especially at the start of a fight or game

face-off British & World English

A direct confrontation between two people or groups

face card British & World English

Another term for court card.

face mask British & World English

A protective mask covering the nose and mouth or nose and eyes

face pack British & World English

A cosmetic preparation spread over the face and left for some time to cleanse and improve the condition of the skin

face time British & World English

Time spent in face-to-face contact with someone

full face British & World English

With all the face visible; facing directly at someone or something

game face British & World English

A neutral or serious facial expression, as displayed by a sports player or gambler

left face British & World English

(In military contexts) a command to turn 90 degrees to the left

long face British & World English

An unhappy or disappointed expression

rock face British & World English

A bare vertical surface of natural rock

face-to-face British & World English

(Of two people) close together and facing each other

to one's face British & World English

Openly in one’s presence

face cream British & World English

Cosmetic cream applied to the face to improve the complexion

face guard British & World English

A protective covering or mask for the face, worn especially when playing sport or working with hazardous substances

face paint British & World English

Bold-coloured paint used to decorate the face

face powder British & World English

Flesh-tinted cosmetic powder used to improve the appearance of the face by reducing shine and concealing blemishes

face-saving British & World English

The preserving of one’s reputation, credibility, or dignity

face value British & World English

The value printed or depicted on a coin, banknote, postage stamp, ticket, etc., especially when less than the actual value

false face British & World English

A mask, especially as traditionally worn ceremonially by some North American Indian peoples

funny-face British & World English

An affectionate form of address

kissy-face British & World English

A puckering of the lips as if to kiss someone

poker face British & World English

An impassive expression that hides one’s true feelings

stone face British & World English

A face that reveals no emotions

volte-face British & World English

An act of turning round so as to face in the opposite direction

in face of British & World English

When confronted with

face-centred British & World English

Denoting a crystal structure in which there is an atom at each vertex and at the centre of each face of the unit cell

face validity British & World English

The degree to which a procedure, especially a psychological test or assessment, appears effective in terms of its stated aims

in one's face British & World English

Directly at or against one; as one approaches

in-your-face British & World English

Blatantly aggressive or provocative; impossible to ignore or avoid

make a face British & World English

Produce a facial expression that shows dislike or some other negative emotion, or that is intended to be amusing

let's face it British & World English

Used to convey that one must be realistic about an unwelcome fact or situation

face the music British & World English

Be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions

off one's face British & World English

Very drunk or under the influence of illegal drugs


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