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face-to-face British & World English

(Of two people) close together and facing each other

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

to one's face British & World English

Openly in one’s presence

face up in face British & World English

With the face or surface turned upwards to view

to one's face in face British & World English

Openly in one’s presence

face off in face British & World English

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

face down in face British & World English

With the face or surface turned towards the ground

lose face in face British & World English

Be humiliated or come to be less highly respected

in one's face in face British & World English

Directly at or against one; as one approaches

in face of in face British & World English

When confronted with

make a face in face British & World English

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

off one's face in face British & World English

Very drunk or under the influence of illegal drugs

have the face to do something British & World English

Have the effrontery to do something

let's face it in let1 British & World English

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

someone's face fits in face British & World English

Someone has the necessary qualities for something

in-your-face in face British & World English

Blatantly aggressive or provocative; impossible to ignore or avoid

save someone's face in face British & World English

Enable someone to avoid humiliation

arse about face in arse British & World English

Contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical

a straight face in straight British & World English

A blank or serious facial expression, especially when trying not to laugh

shut your face ! in shut British & World English

Used as a rude or angry way of telling someone to be quiet

play kissy-face in kissy-face British & World English

Engage in kissing or petting, especially in public

face the music in face British & World English

Be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions

put one's face on in face British & World English

Apply make-up to one’s face

a slap in the face in slap1 British & World English

An unexpected rejection or affront

laugh in someone's face in laugh British & World English

Show open contempt for someone by laughing rudely at them in their presence

the acceptable face of —— in acceptable British & World English

The tolerable manifestation or aspect of (something usually considered suspect or immoral)

blow up in one's face in blow1 British & World English

(Of an action, project, or situation) go drastically wrong with damaging effects to oneself

cut off one's nose to spite one's face British & World English

Disadvantage oneself through a wilful attempt to gain an advantage or assert oneself

spit in the eye of in spit1 British & World English

Show contempt or scorn for

stare someone in the eye in stare British & World English

Look fixedly or boldly at someone

with egg on one's face in egg1 British & World English

Appearing foolish or ridiculous

look someone in the eye in look British & World English

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

fall flat on one's face in flat1 British & World English

Fail in an embarrassingly obvious way

fly in the face of in fly1 British & World English

Be openly at variance with (what is usual or expected)

get out of someone's face in face British & World English

Stop harassing or annoying someone

on the face of it in face British & World English

Without knowing all of the relevant facts; apparently

the face of the earth in face British & World English

Used for emphasis, to refer to the existence or disappearance of someone or something

put a brave face on something in face British & World English

Act as if something unpleasant is not as bad as it really is

be staring one in the face in stare British & World English

Be glaringly apparent or obvious

be staring something in the face in stare British & World English

Be on the verge of defeat, death, or another unpleasant fate

have the face to do something in face British & World English

Have the effrontery to do something

throw something back in someone's face in face British & World English

Reject something in a brusque or ungracious manner

cut off one's nose to spite one's face in nose British & World English

Disadvantage oneself through a wilful attempt to gain an advantage or assert oneself

be written all over one in write British & World English

Used to convey that the presence of a particular quality or feeling is clearly revealed by a person’s expression

do something until one is blue in the face in blue1 British & World English

Put all one’s efforts into doing something to no avail


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