face up

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adjective or adverb

variants or less commonly faceup or face-up
: with the face up
After all the cards have been dealt, nondealer takes the top card from his pile and places it on the table, face up.Jack Botermans et al.
It didn't matter whether a phone was on or off, or whether it was face up or face down on a desk.Ralph K. M. Haurwitz
… we set the table with the forks' tines aggressively face-up.Molly O'Neill
For abdominal-flattening crunches, lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.Michele Meyer
usually hyphenated before a noun
Players start with four face-up cards …Laura McQuarrie

face up

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faced up; facing up; faces up

intransitive verb

: to confront or deal directly with someone or something previously avoided
usually used with to
faced up to my fears

Examples of face up in a Sentence

Adjective or adverb The cards were dealt faceup.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective or adverb
In total, the teen could face up to 72 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 10. Lauren Penington, The Denver Post, 15 May 2024 If convicted, Jackson could face up to life in prison on just the rape charge, under Idaho law. Alex Brizee, Idaho Statesman, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for face up 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective Or Adverb

1809, in the meaning defined above


1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face up was in 1809

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“Face up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20up. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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face·​up ˈfā-ˈsəp How to pronounce faceup (audio)
: with the face up
the card fell faceup
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