tell one to one s face Idiom, Proverb
a bare-faced liea deliberate lie, a planned lie His statement to the police was false - a bare-faced lie.
a face like thunder
to look very angry: "What's up with him today? He has a face like thunder!"
a poker face"a face with no expression; showing no emotion" Judge Brady has a poker face. He doesn't show his emotions.
If someone changes their mind completely, this is an about face. It can be used when companies, governments, etc, change their position on an issue.
A sudden change of course or a decision opposite to what was decided earlier. Her decision to become an actress instead of a dentist was an about face from her original plans.
arse about faceback to front; something that is in a mess. or crooked eg."Look at the state of that shelf you just put up, it's all arse about face!"
ass up, face downsexual position
at face valuethe value shown by the surface, what you see At face value, this car appears to be in good condition.
at face value, takeat face value, take
Accept from its outward appearance, as in You can't always take a manufacturer's advertisements at face value; they're bound to exaggerate.
Literally this idiom has referred to the monetary value printed on a bank note, stock certificate, bond, or other financial instrument since the 1870s. The figurative usage is from the late 1800s.
at face value|face|face value|valueprep. phr.
What one can actually hear, read, or see; literally. John is so honest that you can take his words at face value. This store's advertisements are honest; take them at face value.
At the coalface
If you work at the coalface, you deal with the real problems and issues, rather than sitting in a office discussing things in a detached way.
bare-faced lie(See a bare-faced lie)
A barefaced liar is one who displays no shame about lying even if they are exposed.
barefaced liebarefaced lie
A shameless falsehood. For example, Bill could tell a barefaced lie with a straight face.
The adjective barefaced
means “beardless,” and one theory is that in the 1500s this condition was considered brazen in all but the youngest males. By the late 1600s barefaced
also meant “brazen” or “bold,” the meaning alluded to in this phrase.
be hypocritical: "I can't believe she told you that she likes Harry - she told me she hates him! She's so two-faced!"
blow up in one's face|blow|facev. phr.
To fail completely and with unexpected force. The thief's plan to rob the bank blew up in his face when a policeman stopped him.
blue in the faceweakened, tired after trying many times I called that dog until I'm blue in the face. He won't come in.
blue in the face|blue|faceadj. phr.
Very angry or upset; excited and very emotional. Tom argued with Bill until he was blue in the face. Mary scolded Jane until she was blue in the face, but Jane kept on using Mary's paints.
brave face, put on abrave face, put on a
Also, put up a brave front
Face adversity cheerfully. For example, Even though she had been passed over for promotion, she put on a brave face. 2)
Try to appear brave even though very frightened. For example, Harry was terrified of animals, but his boss was a dog lover, so he put up a brave front.
[Second half of 1800s]
can't see one's hand in front of one's face
Idiom(s): can't see one's hand in front of one's face
[to be] unable to see very far, usually due to darkness or fog. (Also with cannot.)
• It was so dark that I couldn't see my hand in front of my face.
• Bob said that the fog was so thick he couldn't see his hand in front of his face.
crater facea face with pock marked skin or the person with such a face
cunt-facea contemptible person; derog. and particularly offensive
cut off one's nose to spite one's faceIdiom(s): cut off one's nose to spite one's face
a phrase meaning that one harms oneself in trying to punish another person. (The phrase is variable in form. Note the examples.)
• Billy loves the zoo, but he refused to go with his mother because he was mad at her. He cut off his nose to spite his face.
• Find a better way to be angry. It is silly to cut your nose off to spite your face.
cut off one's nose to spite one's face|cut|face|nov. phr. To suffer from an action intended originally to harm another person. In walking out and leaving his employer in the lurch, John really cut off his nose to spite his face, since no business wanted to hire him afterwards.
cut off your nose to spite your facemake your problem worse, hurt yourself because you dislike yourself If you abuse drugs to forget a problem, you are cutting off your nose to spite your face.
dickfacea jerk; a dislikeable person (Usually referring to a male)"He is such a dickface; he borrowed my bio book and lost it"
do an about-faceIdiom(s): do a flip-flop (on something) AND do an about-face
to make a total reversal of opinion. (Informal or slang.)
• Without warning, the government did a flip-flop on taxation.
• It had done an about-face on the question of deductions last year.
egg on my faceembarrassed, outsmarted I made a deal with Jake and ended up with egg on my face.
egg on one's face, haveegg on one's face, have
Look foolish or be embarrassed, as in If you ask any more personal questions, you'll end up with egg on your face. This expression possibly alludes to dissatisfied audiences pelting performers with raw eggs. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
Egg on your faceIf someone has egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed.
In addition to the idioms beginning with face, also see at face value, take; blue in the face; brave face, put on a; do an about-face; egg on one's face, have; feed one's face; fly in the face of; hide one's face; in someone's face; in the face of; in your face; keep a straight face; laugh out of the other side of one's mouth; long face; look someone in the face; lose face; make a face; on the face of it; plain as day; poker face; put one's face on; red in the face, be; save face; set one's face against; show one's face; slap in the face; stare in the face; stuff one's face; talk someone's arm off; throw in someone's face; to one's face.
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- face down
- face it
- face the music
- face to face
- face up
- face up to
- face value
- face with
face downconfront boldly and win, defy They decided to face down their competitors and were able to easily stay in business.
face down|facev. phr. To get the upper hand over someone by behaving forcefully; disconcert someone by the displaying of great self-assurance. The night guard faced down the burglar by staring him squarely in the face.
Antonym: FACE UP.
face factsaccept the truth, deal with reality, come to grips If we face facts, we can see that one salary is not enough.
face itface it
see face up to.
face lift|face|liftn. phr. 1. A surgical procedure designed to make one's face look younger. Aunt Jane, who is in her seventies, had an expensive face lift and now she looks as if she were 40. 2. A renovation, a refurbishing. Our house needs a major face lift to make it fit in with the rest of the neighborhood.
Face like thunderIf someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
Face only a mother could loveWhen someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
face outopposc or deal with bravely 勇敢地对付
He faced the matter out in spite of severe questioning．哪怕有严厉的责问，他也会勇敢地对待这一问题。
face sb downIdiom(s): face sb down
to overcome someone by being bold; to disconcert someone by displaying great confidence.
• The teacher faced the angry student down without saying anything.
• The mayor couldn't face down the entire city council.
face the musicaccept the consequences of something He is going to have to face the music sooner or later.
face the music|face|musicv. phr., informal To go through trouble or danger, especially because of something you did; accept your punishment. The boy was caught cheating in an examination and had to face the music. The official who had been taking bribes was exposed by a newspaper, and had to face the music. George knew his mother would cry when he told her, but he decided to go home and face the music.
Compare: MAKE ONE'S BED AND LIE IN IT, PAY THE PIPER, TAKE ONE'S MEDICINE.
face to face
with one's face looking toward the face of another person；together面对面；在一起
They sat face to face with each other without a word．他们面对面坐在一起无话可谈。
He tried to avoid meeting the boss those days，but happened to run into him face to face on the stairs．那些天他努力回避老板，但却无意中在楼梯上面对面碰上了他。
The church and the school stand face to face across the street．教堂和街对面的学校相对而立。
face upadmit that you did it, own up If Karl caused the problem, he'll face up. He'll admit it.
face up toaccept something that is not easy to accept You must face up to the fact that you are never going to have enough money to buy that car.
face up to responsibilitiesaccept responsibilities: "You need to face up to your responsibilities - it's time you got a job and started to save money."
face up to|facev. phr. 1. To bravely confront a person or a challenge; admit. Jack doesn't want to face up to the fact that Helen doesn't love him anymore. Jane cannot face up to her mother-in-law who always wins every argument they have. 2. To confess something to someone; confess to having done something. Jim had to face up to having stolen a sweater from the department store.
Antonym: FACE DOWN.
face valueseeming value or truth of something He is a nice person but you must always take at face value what he says.
face value|face|valuen. 1. The worth or price printed on a stamp, bond, note, piece of paper money, etc. The savings bond had a face value of $25. 2. The seeming worth or truth of something. She took his stories at face value and did not know he was joking.