face


face
I [[t]fe͟ɪs[/t]] NOUN USES
faces
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1) N-COUNT: oft poss N Your face is the front part of your head from your chin to the top of your forehead, where your mouth, eyes, nose, and other features are.

He rolled down his window and stuck his face out...

A strong wind was blowing right in my face...

He was going red in the face and breathing with difficulty...

She had a beautiful face.

2) N-COUNT: poss N, adj N If your face is happy, sad, or serious, for example, the expression on your face shows that you are happy, sad, or serious.

He was walking around with a sad face...

The priest frowned into the light, his face puzzled.

3) N-COUNT: with supp, oft N of n The face of a cliff, mountain, or building is a vertical surface or side of it.

Harrer was one of the first to climb the north face of the Eiger...

He scrambled 200 feet up the cliff face.

4) N-COUNT The face of a clock or watch is the surface with the numbers or hands on it, which shows the time.
5) N-SING: the N of n If you say that the face of an area, institution, or field of activity is changing, you mean its appearance or nature is changing.

...the changing face of the British countryside...

This would change the face of Malaysian politics.

6) N-SING: the adj N of n If you refer to something as the particular face of an activity, belief, or system, you mean that it is one particular aspect of it, in contrast to other aspects.

Brothels, she insists, are the acceptable face of prostitution...

With the collapse of the old system, the ugly face of capitalism to some extent is appearing again.

7) N-UNCOUNT If you lose face, you do something which makes you appear weak and makes people respect or admire you less. If you do something in order to save face, you do it in order to avoid appearing weak and losing people's respect or admiration.

England doesn't want a war but it doesn't want to lose face...

To cancel the airport would mean a loss of face for the present governor...

Children have an almost obsessive need to save face in front of their peers.

8) See also , face value, poker face
9) PHRASE: V inflects If something that you have planned blows up in your face, it goes wrong unexpectedly, with the result that you suffer.

Can't you see this could blow up in your face?

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10) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you say that someone can do something until they are blue in the face, you are emphasizing that however much they do it, it will not make any difference.

You can criticise him until you're blue in the face, but you'll never change his personality.

11) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If someone or something is face down, their face or front points downwards. If they are face up, their face or front points upwards.

All the time Stephen was lying face down and unconscious in the bath tub...

Charles laid down his cards face up.

12) PHRASE: n PHR, usu after adj-super/brd-neg (emphasis) You can use the expression `on the face of the earth' to mean `in the whole world', when you are emphasizing a statement that you are making or making a very exaggerated statement.

No human being on the face of the earth could do anything worse than what he did.

13) PHRASE: PHR after v If you say that something will be wiped off the face of the earth or disappear from the face of the earth, you mean that it will stop existing.

If a nuclear war breaks out, every living thing will be wiped off the face of the Earth.

14) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n, oft PHR with n If you come face to face with someone, you meet them and can talk to them or look at them directly.

We were strolling into the town when we came face to face with Jacques Dubois...

It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two men.

15) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n If you come face to face with a difficulty or reality, you cannot avoid it and have to deal with it.

Eventually, he came face to face with discrimination again...

I was gradually being brought face to face with the fact that I had very little success.

16) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If an action or belief flies in the face of accepted ideas or rules, it seems to completely oppose or contradict them.

...scientific principles that seem to fly in the face of common sense...

He said that the decision flew in the face of natural justice.

17) PHR-PREP If you take a particular action or attitude in the face of a problem or difficulty, you respond to that problem or difficulty in that way.

The Prime Minister has called for national unity in the face of the violent anti-government protests...

Roosevelt was defiant in the face of the bad news.

18) PHRASE: V and N inflect If someone laughs in your face, they are openly disrespectful towards you.

With juveniles under eighteen, there's little we can do. We can't keep them in custody. They just laugh in your face.

19) PHRASE: N inflects If you have a long face, you look very unhappy or serious.

He came to me with a very long face.

20) PHRASE: V and N inflect, oft PHR at n If you make a face, you show a feeling such as dislike or disgust by putting an exaggerated expression on your face, for example by sticking out your tongue. In British English, you can also say pull a face.

Opening the door, she made a face at the musty smell...

Kathryn pulled a face at Thomas behind his back.

21) PHRASE: PHR with cl You say on the face of it when you are describing how something seems when it is first considered, in order to suggest that people's opinion may change when they know or think more about the subject.

On the face of it that seems to make sense. But the figures don't add up...

It is, on the face of it, difficult to see how the West could radically change its position.

22) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR n If you put a brave face on a bad situation or put on a brave face, you try not to show how disappointed or upset you are about the situation. In American English you can also say put on a good face.

Friends will see you are putting on a brave face and might assume you've got over your grief...

Scientists are putting a good face on the troubles.

23) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n/-ing You can say that someone has set their face against something to indicate that they are opposed to it, especially when you want to suggest that they are wrong. [mainly BRIT]

This Government has set its face against putting up income tax.

24) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR adv/prep If you show your face somewhere, you go there and see people, although you are not welcome, are rather unwilling to go, or have not been there for some time.

If she shows her face again back in Massachusetts she'll find a warrant for her arrest waiting...

I felt I ought to show my face at her father's funeral.

25) PHRASE: PHR after v, with PHR If you manage to keep a straight face, you manage to look serious, although you want to laugh.

What went through Tom's mind I can't imagine, but he did manage to keep a straight face...

You have to wonder how anyone could say that seriously and with a straight face.

26) PHRASE: PHR after v If you say something to someone's face, you say it openly in their presence.

Her opponent called her a liar to her face.

27) PHRASE: V inflects If a feeling is written all over your face or is written across your face, it is very obvious to other people from your expression.

Relief and gratitude were written all over his face...

I could just see the pain written across her face.

28) to shut the door in someone's facesee door
to have egg on your facesee egg
to cut off your nose to spite your facesee nose
shut your facesee shut
a slap in the facesee slap
II [[t]fe͟ɪs[/t]] VERB AND PHRASAL VERB USES
faces, facing, faced
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1) VERB If someone or something faces a particular thing, person, or direction, they are positioned opposite them or are looking in that direction.

[V n] They stood facing each other...

[V adv/prep] The garden faces south.

2) VERB If you face someone or something, you turn so that you are looking at them.

[V n] She stood up from the table and faced him...

[V n] Stand up. Face the wall.

3) VERB If you have to face a person or group, you have to stand or sit in front of them and talk to them, although it may be difficult and unpleasant.

[V n] Christie looked relaxed and calm as he faced the press...

[V n] He was hauled in to face the judge.

4) VERB If you face or are faced with something difficult or unpleasant, or if it faces you, it is going to affect you and you have to deal with it.

[V n] Williams faces life in prison if convicted of attempted murder...

[V n] The immense difficulties facing European businessmen in Russia were only too evident...

[be V-ed with n] We are faced with a serious problem.

5) VERB If you face the truth or face the facts, you accept that something is true. If you face someone with the truth or with the facts, you try to make them accept that something is true.

[V n] Although your heart is breaking, you must face the truth that a relationship has ended...

[V n] He accused the Government of refusing to face facts about the economy...

[V n with n] He called a family conference and faced them with the problems.

Face up to means the same as face.

V P P n I have grown up now and I have to face up to my responsibilities... V P P n They were having to face up to the fact that they had lost everything.

6) VERB: with neg If you cannot face something, you do not feel able to do it because it seems so difficult or unpleasant.

[V n/-ing] I couldn't face the prospect of spending a Saturday night there, so I decided to press on...

[V n/-ing] My children want me with them for Christmas Day, but I can't face it...

[V n/-ing] I couldn't face seeing anyone.

7) PHRASE: PHR with cl You use the expression `let's face it' when you are stating a fact or making a comment about something which you think the person you are talking to may find unpleasant or be unwilling to admit.

She was always attracted to younger men. But, let's face it, who is not?

8) face the musicsee music
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