: with the face foremost
hit the wall face-first
face-first adjective

Examples of face-first in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sporting a helmet, the Duke of Sussex descended the frozen track face-first and lying on his stomach, reaching speeds of over 60 miles per hour. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 But there was no time to dwell on that, because, within seconds, the crashing whitewater threatened to rip the board from my feet and slam me face-first into the sand. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Workman shoved the child face-first onto the MAX train tracks at the Gateway Transit Center in Portland without provocation on Dec. 28, 2022, as the child and the child’s mother were waiting on the platform. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 1 Feb. 2024 Cut to Aang zipping around to entertain the village’s children before smacking face-first into a rock sculpture. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 Somehow he was flipped onto his stomach, face-first down the mountain, his snowboard still attached to his feet. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Video from the game’s broadcast shows Lockyer suddenly collapsed to his knees and then eventually falling face-first to the pitch around the 60th minute of the game, causing players from both teams to rush to his aid. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2023 While the responding officers were interacting with the teenagers, Crutchfield said that one was thrown face-first into a cactus, causing the situation to escalate and prompting her to step in and attempt to push the other officer away. Melissa Noel, Essence, 7 Dec. 2023 In a family photo posted to Instagram, one of the twins got pushed face-first into a chocolate cake. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face-first was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Face-first.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face-first. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: with the face leading the body
hit the ground face-first
face-first adjective
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