save face

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Definition of save face

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

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“Save face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/save%20face. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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