save face


: to avoid having other people lose respect for oneself
He tried to save face by working overtime.

Examples of save face in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unusual bout of legislative maneuvering late in session provided a way for both DeSantis and Renner to save face on one of the speaker’s top priorities. Lawrence Mower, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 Milan would only likely contemplate selling Leao for north of $129m, with the Rossoneri knowing PSG need to make a statement in order to save face following Mbappe’s departure. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 By forcing users into arbitration, 23andMe would also seemingly spare substantial litigation costs and save face by avoiding public hearings. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2024 And instead of pretending that things would get better with time — instead of trying to save face after making a bad hire — Kyle Shanahan made the right decision on Wednesday to fire Wilks. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 In their quest to cover up the truth to save face, the brothers are forced to confront their own troubled relationship and deal with their dead father’s secret love life. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Dec. 2023 But on Friday, Mr. Musk agreed with a post on X that suggested advertisers like IBM were pulling back from the platform to save face. Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Chess grandmasters have, in various epochs, played all the way through to the checkmate, rather than ending the game when an opponent resigns early to save face. WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 As far as the photo goes, Nevin indicated the Angels can save face by employing image editing and insert Ohtani’s head onto the body double, who was escorted off the field through the bullpen gate after the photo. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023

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“Save face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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