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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

face English Thesaurus

she has a beautiful face

to one's face British & World English

Openly in one’s presence

have the face to do something British & World English

Have the effrontery to do something

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

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

someone's face fits in face British & World English

Someone has the necessary qualities for something

face the music in face British & World English

Be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions

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

let's face it in let1 British & World English

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

face to face in face English Thesaurus

the two men stood face to face

arse about face in arse British & World English

Contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical

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

Apply make-up to one’s face

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

Engage in kissing or petting, especially in public

shut your face ! in shut British & World English

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

a straight face in straight British & World English

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

on the face of it in face British & World English

Without knowing all of the relevant facts; apparently

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

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

a slap in the face in slap1 British & World English

An unexpected rejection or affront

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

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

Appearing foolish or ridiculous

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

Stop harassing or annoying someone

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)

look someone in the eye in look British & World English

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

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

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

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

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


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