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face to face

In direct contact, especially literally standing close together. I had been trying to avoid my math teacher, but then we came face to face in the cafeteria. Society is about to come face to face with a whole new set of problems brought on by technology.
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face to face

1. In each other's presence, opposite one another; in direct communication. For example, The two chairmen sat face to face, or It's time his parents met the teacher face to face. [Mid-1300s]
2. Confronting each other, as in We were face to face with death during the avalanche. [Late 1800s]
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face to face

If you meet or talk to someone face to face, you meet or talk to them directly, with both of you in the same place. When I first heard of his death I didn't want to call her or meet her face to face. Now that he was face to face with the estate agent, Arnold found it difficult to explain. Note: A face-to-face meeting is one where people meet and can talk to each other directly. Yesterday saw the first face-to-face meeting between the heads of the Trade Union Confederation and the Employers' Association. Compare with come face to face with something. Compare with come face to face with someone.
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face to face

1 in direct personal contact. 2 in a position in which you must confront a difficulty.
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ˌface to ˈface (with somebody/something)


1 in the presence of somebody and close enough to meet, talk, see, etc. them: The two leaders came face to face for the first time in Moscow this morning.The programme brought Anna face to face with her father for the first time in her life.face-to-face discussions, negotiations, etc.
2 in a situation where you have to accept that something is true and deal with it: The crisis has brought her face to face with a lot of problems she had been trying not to think about.
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face to face

and F2F
phr. & comp. abb. in person; speakers and listeners facing each other. (The full form is Standard English.) I need to CU F2F. She spoke to us face to face, and we felt better.
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If we did one Face to Face a year, gave one service member and their family the opportunity to either welcome a baby while deployed, or even to say 'goodbye' one last time, this program would be a success," said Powers.
Face to Face Live operates a 24 x 7 x 365 Network Operations Center (NOC) for worldwide support and services, including multipoint scheduling, reservations and call initiation.
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Founded in 1984, MJM is a Face to Face marketing and communications agency for live events, meetings, exhibits, trade shows, training and interactive.
With an event of this magnitude, the advantages of Face to Face marketing, which allows direct interaction between a brand and its audience, are critical to ensure the message does not get lost in the enormity of the event," notes Steven Phillips, MJM Senior Vice President Creative and team leader for the Canon event.
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It will capitalize on the rapid growth of Face to Face marketing - which brings brands to life through direct human contact - as a critical component of companies' marketing and sales strategy.
It's only by getting the end-user decision makers face to face with those within the service provider organizations making service roll out decisions that we can see the rapid adoption of Ethernet services as the choice for MAN and WAN services," said Gary Southwell, Vice President of the MEF who is heading the Enterprise initiative.
Using TechnoView Video Messaging, sales execs maintain positive, personalized control of the sales process through face to face delivery of the proposal presentation and receive immediate notification when both the video message and document are reviewed.
CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE and FACE TO FACE explore the experiences of Arab Americans, who, prior to September 11th, belonged to an immigrant group making its way like any other.
We are proud to be associated with the FACE TO FACE program and look forward to contributing to the important work that the AAFPRS is accomplishing in the care of victims of domestic assault," said Paul Thomas, chairman and CEO of LifeCell Corporation.
Cutler suggested that, "Ultimately, companies with products, services, or technology geared to assist the manufacturing community must meet face to face.
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Video conferencing technology, which is being provided by Sprint, combines hardware, software and phone lines to allow people to talk face to face as if they were together in the same room.