Definition of face-saving in English:

face-saving

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noun

[mass noun]
The preserving of one’s reputation, credibility, or dignity: his statement was a foolish attempt at face-saving [as modifier]: the government made a face-saving compromise with the Finance Ministry
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  • The face-saving compromise now being pushed into the future of licensing reforms is to allow restaurants to offer the full range of alcoholic drinks as part of their service.
  • The others agreed to consider it, and negotiated face-saving compromises which fell far short of Olivares' proposals.
  • This seemed to be a compromise, face-saving revelation that would allow more frankness further down the line.

Derivatives

face-saver

noun
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  • And Barbara Tan, of Virginia Water in Surrey, proved yet again that a good black and white outfit can be pulled out of the wardrobe as a fantastic fashion face-saver, wearing a zebra-print jacket with long black skirt and striking hat.
  • However, getting no response from the other side, the Moulvi was left with no other choice but to renounce his post as a virtual face-saver.
  • Effusiveness of the praise which was given him made it look suspiciously as if he was being eased out, and given credit as a face-saver.

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