face time


Definition of face time

1 : the amount of time one spends appearing on television
2 : time spent in a face-to-face meeting with someone
3 : time spent at one's place of employment especially beyond normal work hours

Examples of face time in a Sentence

He hoped to get more face time with the president. Some bosses think lots of face time is a sign of loyalty to the company. a celebrity who has been getting a lot of face time
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Recent Examples on the Web Face-to-face time between a journalist and a candidate, especially a presidential candidate, is precious. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Please, Reporters, Stop Asking Candidates Horse-Race Questions," 30 Jan. 2020 One reason black professionals are struggling to scale the corporate ladder, according to the study: a lack of face time with senior leaders, which hinders building personal relationships with those within a company who oversee promotions. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Why so many black business professionals are missing from the C-suite," 10 Dec. 2019 The position requires travel to other royal residences, which could potentially give you face time with other members of the famous Windsor family. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have an Opening for a New Housekeeper at Windsor Castle," 4 Jan. 2020 In light of the book by Stanford professor and Internet Archive artist-in-residence Jenny Odell, that means avoiding doing things simply to be performative, to piggyback off others, fuel the echo chamber, or log face time at work. Rachel King, Fortune, "The 10 Best Business Books of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 All the candidate face time hasn’t shed Silva’s worries about the Democratic field. NBC News, "She can't vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway," 19 Nov. 2019 In short, Ring courts cops about the same way big pharmaceutical companies court doctors: with face time and freebies. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch," 10 Dec. 2019 The undisputed Queen of Christmas goes to great lengths to make the holidays special for her kids, even arranging face-to-face time with Santa Claus to deliver their presents. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Mariah Carey on 'All I Want For Christmas is You' turning 25: 'I don't acknowledge time'," 1 Nov. 2019 Billboard is closing the first day of programmimg with its annual agency forum, where more than 25 agents sit for face time with attendees across multiple genres and booking catagories. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "More Than 40 Talent Agents Booked for Next Month's Billboard Live Music Summit," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of face time

1978, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Feb 2020

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“Face time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20time. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of face time

US, informal
: time spent meeting with someone
: time spent at the place where you work especially before or after normal working hours
: the amount of time someone spends appearing on television

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