Definition of face in English:
- My voice broke and the tears fell down my face as I wrapped my arms around his solid torso.
- It would be interesting to know is whether people with symmetrical faces have longer life expectancies.
- In his dream he looked upon the moon and saw the face of the goddess looking down upon her people.
- I watched some pretty serious faces as shooters battled it out for 15th or 20th place in a category.
- I looked around the room, watching the girls' faces change from looks of accusation to pity and understanding.
- I joked, watching as their faces twist with frustration, annoyed that I was avoiding the subject.
- Here was a problem that amounted to rather more than an unsightly flaw on the face of the splendid facade of classical physics.
- These mountain are most assuredly another of the distinctive four faces of Algeria.
- Although alcoholism remains the number one dependency problem among judges and lawyers, the face of addiction continues to change.
- To solve the problem, Vinson opted to use polyhedra that have more vertices than faces.
- The faces of the polyhedron appear to consist of two equilateral triangles and six somewhat irregular pentagons.
- This time, it had the shape of a trapezoid on four faces, making it look like a thimble with four right angles.
- These have produced scarps with vertical cliff faces up to 800 meters high.
- Springs can occur in uplands if zones of perched water extend laterally to cliff faces or other steep slopes.
- Such people were the first to leave the cave and see what was on the other side of the cliff face.
- As one resident put it to this writer last week, the surface of the stretch of road in question is like the face of the moon.
- Beyond, the grey light was coming and going as clouds chased each other across the face of the moon.
- Then the heavens ripped asunder and showered evil and ill omens upon the face of this beckoning planet.
- The glazed faces of the building terminate campus circulation routes.
- The four distinct faces of the building force a process of scanning and mental reassembly at the scale of the whole wall.
- The windows on these faces look into narrow protected alleys or the small courtyard between the houses.
- And I love how one of the clock faces of the Fendi Secret Dual Time watch is always very subtly covered.
- Watch faces, found at flea markets and removed from their bands, are arranged precisely on a tray.
- Here, traditional analogue clocks with crisp modern faces sit within achingly fashionable hoods.
- Others drank from flasks and clay bottles, or huddled together to read futures from the faces of playing cards.
- The faces of the cards in a pack may all be unique, or may include duplicates, depending on the game.
- On the face of each card is a number - there are two cards of each number from 1 to 12.
- There are many familiar faces among this year's performers.
- The cast will include some familiar old faces and a few great newcomers, for which, by the way, the group are always on the lookout.
- Most are natives of the parish who have returned to spend time with family and friends, good to see the old familiar faces once again.
- Not only are the messages different on each side, but the advertising line is also printed in two type sizes and faces.
- You may use either a variation of the serif font or a contrasting sans serif face for the display type.
- The most conventional scheme for using typefaces is to use a serif face such as Times New Roman or Georgia for body text and a sans serif face such as Verdana or Arial as a contrast for headlines.
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- But if the same side of the Moon always faces Earth, there should be no lunar tides.
- On the bungalow the porch faces the ocean.
- Frankie sat facing the door that opened onto the back porch.
- This building faces onto Blaxland road and Lane Cove road.
- Although most rock shelters open on three sides, the Eagle Rock site faces north and is open on only one side.
- A breakfast room, which has recently been added onto the kitchen, faces onto the courtyard through a French door.
- At the execution command "Face", the soldier swivels on his right heel and left toes, through a 90-degree (right) angle to his right.
- For the movement Right Face, the preparatory command is "Right....", followed by the execution command "Face."
- When Sarge barks, "About face!" he applies the same command to everyone in the platoon, and each soldier executes the command at the same time.
- I am delighted that Scotland on Sunday is forcing society to face up to the crisis in our schools.
- We must not be afraid to face up to and express the cause and nature of those fears.
- It has been an ordeal, but sometimes, we just have to face up to things, ya know?
- Judge Scott also warned that she could face up to four months in prison if she failed to complete the order.
- If caught, pirate broadcasters face up to two years in jail and unlimited fines.
- They will be sentenced next month and could face up to two years imprisonment for each vehicle.
- Hence, humanity is faced with a different warfare that of spiritual and moral warfare.
- That's the bottom line city councillors were faced with this week as they continued along the 2004 budget path.
- In the past, novice readers who hoped to understand a classic text were faced with having to negotiate layers of annotation.
- Others criticise the police for wanting to ‘contain’ sectarian fans rather than face them down and arrest them wholesale.
- Zacchaeus had the guts to face them down: ‘he stood his ground’ - but not on his dignity.
- There are moments when I feel tired by this, and drained, but then I get up the following morning and decide I'm going to face these people down.
- Dining room and kitchen cabinets and drawers are faced with predominantly gray and blue laminate.
- The pedestal or ground floor of the main building is faced with granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon.
- If you turn off Tottenham Court Road onto Chenies Street you will see in front of you a building faced with a stone which reflects like a mirror on a sunny day.
The word face, from Latin facies ‘form, appearance, face’, is used in many expressions. To fly in the face of, meaning ‘to do the opposite of’, is recorded from the 16th century. It is taken literally from the notion of a dog attacking someone by springing directly at them. To lose face, meaning to be humiliated, is a direct translation of a Chinese phrase. The 16th-century dramatist Christopher Marlowe coined the phrase the face that launched a thousand ships to describe the great beauty of Helen, whose abduction by Paris caused the Trojan War. Facet (early 17th century) is literally a ‘little face’ from French facette.
face down (or downwards)
- With the face or surface turned towards the ground: he lay face down on his bedMore example sentences
- He grinned, and lay face down on the ground, taking up nearly all the space in the room.
- Landulf wept and lay face down on the ground until the emperor sent his proceres over to raise him up and bring him.
- Lie face down on the ground, with your hands under your chin and your elbows tucked in close to your body.
someone's face fits
- British Someone has the necessary qualities for something: if your face didn’t fit they could get rid of you within twelve monthsMore example sentences
- But he would be well advised not to treat the game too lightly when faced with the task of ensuring his face fits at the Edinburgh club.
- If your face fits, you'll get the job.
face the music
- Be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions: we would later have to face the music over our bold movesMore example sentences
- But unless you are in the top 50 then you have to face the music, and the music is that you're not in the tournament.
- This is my fear - being confronted with my irresponsibility, facing the music of my selfishness, learning that I've been caught doing my most embarrassing action.
- The main perpetrator has not been found and Shane is here facing the music.
the face of the earth
- Used for emphasis, to refer to the existence or disappearance of someone or something: he’s just disappeared off the face of the earthMore example sentences
- Within 30 hours of the move she had gone - disappeared off the face of the earth.
- Common sense seems to be disappearing off the face of the earth.
- I can't remember whether she said this was going to happen or has she just disappeared off the face of the earth?
face up (or upwards)
- With the face or surface turned upwards to view: place the panel face up before cuttingMore example sentences
- Let's start with cards on the table face upwards.
- Placing an object face upwards so as to be visible to a friend a hundred miles away would be to put it in the public sphere.
- We'd deal a hand each, put the rest of the deck between us, turn the top card on the deck face up, and begin.
get out of someone's face
- [usually as imperative] North American informal Stop harassing or annoying someone: shut up and get out of my faceMore example sentences
- I'm sorry, but you wouldn't get out of my face so I had to say something to make you stop.
- He said that they wouldn't get out of his face and were calling him all sorts of ugly names.
- I'm tired, I'm hungry, I have no money, I'm going to lose my job and I'm going to fail my junior year of high school if you don't get out of my face.
have the face to do something
- British dated Have the effrontery to do something.Example sentences
defiance, boldness, temerity, impudence, impertinence, insolence, presumption, presumptuousness, forwardness, cheek, cheekiness;British informal sauceScottish informal snashinformal , dated hideBritish informal , dated crust
- I wonder he had the face to talk so: but he lent me money, and that's enough.
- And now, instantly after that amazing and mad generosity, she had the face to look cross because he would not buy Wilbraham Hall!
in one's face
- Directly at or against one; as one approaches: she slammed the door in my faceMore example sentences
- So we have no public policy and that has a very - a very bad effect on our scientists because they don't know what to do because the door might be slammed in their face.
- I'm not the sort of person who can brusquely say ‘not today thank you’ and slam the door firmly in their face.
- I have visited hundreds of people and had the door slammed in my face.
in face (or the face) of
- When confronted with: her resolution in the face of the enemyMore example sentences
- This does not mean that you should do nothing in the face of adversity or confrontation.
- While the game is about individuals in the face of confrontation, it is also about partnerships.
- As a group they command very little respect, but they must stand firm in the face of any confrontation.
- 9.1Despite: reform had been introduced in the face of considerable oppositionMore example sentences
- On the other hand, he's had a successful career despite this and smiled in the face of adversity.
- When asked how she keeps going in the face of all her challenges, she smiles quietly.
- They are also working to predict future demand in the face of further housing development.
- informal Blatantly aggressive or provocative; impossible to ignore or avoid: an in-your-face advertising campaignMore example sentences
- There are no ballads or melodies, just raw, heavy in-your-face aggression.
- Maxey said he will avoid in-your-face confrontation that is certain to energize amendment supporters.
- I have to say, she has run a very feisty, in-your-face campaign.
- Be humiliated or come to be less highly respected: the code of conduct required that he strike back or lose faceMore example sentences
- Also, asking for clarification may indicate lack of expertise and people don't want to lose face in doing that.
- Many leaders don't want to lose face by admitting failures.
loss of face
- Humiliation: he could step aside now without loss of faceMore example sentences
- When working with victims of partner or marital violence, the entry point to rapport building is to acknowledge victims' feelings of guilt, shame, and loss of face about seeking help.
- I've incurred so many: loss of face (quite literally), cuts, bruises, lost tooth, a mysterious ‘third knee’ etc. etc.
- But I do think that we have to pursue an approach that allows them to back off without a tremendous loss of face, because they will not accept anything else, and we have to stay clear of apology.
make (or pull) a face (or faces)
- Produce a facial expression that shows dislike or some other negative emotion, or that is intended to be amusing: Anna pulled a funny face at the girlMore example sentences
- She paused, pulling a face in dislike of its plainness.
- It's pure clownery, making faces and funny sounds in the hope that somebody will laugh.
- So the next time you see me grimacing and tying to make faces: actually I'm not.
off one's face
- informal Very drunk or under the influence of illegal drugs: I had a great time going out clubbing and getting off my faceMore example sentences
- But the promotion and celebration of a drugs culture, which they started, has been catastrophic - along with the idea that being off your face on drugs is equivalent to a state of grace.
- You want to get off your face on jungle drugs and see visions.
- I'd lose time too if I spent half my existence off my face while the taxi driver takes the scenic route home.
on the face of it
- Without knowing all of the relevant facts; apparently: on the face of it, these improvements look to be insignificantMore example sentences
ostensibly, to the casual eye, at face value, to all appearances, from appearances, to go/judge by appearances, to all intents and purposes, at first glance, on the surface, superficially;apparently, seemingly, evidently, outwardly, it seems (that), it would seem (that), it appears (that), it would appear (that), as far as one knows, as far as one can see/tell, by all accounts, so it seems;so the story goes, so I'm told, so it appears/seems, so it would appear/seem;
- I have had a look at that, and I think the reason is apparent on the face of it.
- That, on the face of it, was a decision on the facts and on the background evidence before the adjudicator.
- However, on the face of it, I thought probation might be appropriate.
put a brave (or bold) face on something
- Act as if something unpleasant is not as bad as it really is: he was putting a brave face on it but she knew he was shatteredMore example sentences
- He is staying very positive but is hugely disappointed and is putting a brave face on it.
- Mrs Driffill was putting a brave face on it yesterday as her daughter, son-in-law and neighbours flocked to help her mop up the water and thick mud.
- Mrs Rollinson's 61-year-old son, Keith, said: ‘She's trying to put a brave face on it and we're doing what we can to improve security, but she's just wondering when it will happen again.’
put one's face on
- informal Apply make-up to one’s face: Paula spent two minutes putting on her face first thingMore example sentences
- It wasn't so much a conspiracy, as a rebellion against artifice, against middle age, against the idea that you could not leave the house ‘without putting your face on’.
- Plus, Mom was blasting music in the next room while she was putting her face on.
- Avoid humiliation: allowing the guerrillas to save face and disarmMore example sentences
- That way, it would save face for me and avoid any further conflicts with Tinka and Victor.
- The Foyle Assembly member said: ‘If this is about saving face, then people will be sceptical.’
- As is typical with these sorts of arrangements, it only takes one slip to start an avalanche, coincidence always plays into the hands of the betrayed, and the most important thing above all is saving face.
save someone's face
- Enable someone to avoid humiliation: he might be pretending to help her to save his face in front of KatarinaMore example sentences
- Or you could just withdraw all the actions, but though it'll save your face from the drip-drip of bad publicity, it'll still make you look like a bunch of bungle-bounces.
- And under no circumstances will you ask her to wrap her own presents the night before Christmas in order to save your face in front of her parents.
- She said Parnell went through with the wedding: ‘To save my face and stop me looking like a complete idiot.’
set one's face against
- Resist with determination: he had set his face against the ideaMore example sentences
- In view of the recent highlighting of farm income difficulties, there no longer could be any justification for either the Minister for Agriculture or other parties to set their face against change, he said.
- I read that Seend have set their face against traffic calming, removed road markings and seen traffic speeds drop by 5mph.
- We set our face against any kind of empire building and this has helped generate trust.
throw something back in someone's face
- Reject something in a brusque or ungracious manner: she’d given him her trust and he’d thrown it back in her faceMore example sentences
- And like with all bullies, I also think the best way to treat such behaviour is to throw it back in their face - so it would be right to wear the incident like a badge of honour.
- I was extending an olive branch and all you can do is throw it back in my face.
- When he gave them 300 roubles, the soldiers threw the notes back in his face and said: ‘You have dollars and only want to give us roubles.’
to one's face
- Openly in one’s presence: if you’ve got something to say to me, say it to my faceMore example sentences
- Why can't I be brave enough to ask you to your face?
- Is it just me or does Gordon Campbell remind you of a person, most of you know one, who will say something to your face and laugh about you or tell stories about you behind your back?
- You don't often get rude things said to your face, but you get people writing letters, often anonymously, attacking your wish to be treated as fully human.
- chiefly North American Take up an attitude of confrontation, especially at the start of a fight or game: close to a million soldiers face off in the desertMore example sentences
- Ellis now found himself at Tiger Stadium for the All-Star Game, facing off against Blue in an historic matchup of minority pitchers.
- The two teams will face off in a second game on Saturday at 2 p.m.
- Divided into two teams of four, they face off in a game of paintball warfare in the woods.
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