save face

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of save face

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

Word by Word Definitions

save play
  1. : to deliver from sin

  2. : to rescue or deliver from danger or harm

  3. : to preserve or guard from injury, destruction, or loss

  1. : a play that prevents an opponent from scoring or winning

  2. : the action of a relief pitcher in baseball in successfully protecting a team's lead

  1. : other than : but, except

  1. : except for the fact that : only

  2. : but, except

face play
  1. : the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

  2. : the face as a means of identification : countenance

  3. : presence, sight

  1. : to confront impudently

  2. : to line near the edge especially with a different material

  3. : to cover the front or surface of


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