give (someone) face

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give (someone) face

1. To show or treat (someone) with respect, honor, and dignity. The phrase is a translation from Cantonese and is used primarily in reference to Chinese people, culture, and business. While working abroad in Hong Kong, I learned how important it is to give face to one's employer at all times. I always take care to give face to my husband at any opportunity.
2. vulgar slang To perform cunnilingus on a woman.
See also: face, give
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If you currently use a facemask, give face paint a try.
It would serve as a dedicated centre and recruit experts to give face to face career advice.
If the owner lives in the immediate vicinity, officers will visit them to give face to face advice.
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According to the resource theory of social exchange (Foa & Foa, 1976), there are many ways to give face, such as praising P's talents or achievements in public so as to elevate P's status, showing concern for P, adopting the ideas suggested by P, respecting the opinions of P, honoring the request of P by giving certain resources to P, etc.
For example, it refused to give face to President Hu Jintao by calling his visit to Washington in 2006 a "state visit," and it refused to use the term "strategic dialogue" for senior-level talks between the two countries, saying that term was reserved for allies like Japan.
30pm on Wednesday to give face to face advice to anyone who wants it.
Jean at least has the balls to give face to this much-needed challenge.
Thus, a provider's refusal to accept a client's offer of gifts, favors, or invitations to participate in more personal social interactions may be construed as rejection and failure to give face (Behring & Gelinas, 1996).
He was required to hand over his clothes and give face and hand swabs and other intimate samples, something he said he would have expected more in a rape case.
He added: "While the 08457 96 97 98 number will continue to offer a first point of contact to those wishing to telephone for advice, the new centres will be able to give face to face service for those who prefer it.
43) Nick Turse's motivation to give faces and names back to the individual victims of American atrocities is evident throughout the book.
In these pages we give faces to the names that keep appearing in news stories on governance at the Centre and on the Capital's administrative machinery.
Set in the medieval walled-fortress city of Terezin, in the Czech Republic, Janeczko give faces, voices, personalities to the many Jews of Prague that perished there: Although a 'way station' before they were sent off to places like Auschwitz, many died through overcrowding and poor diet/sanitation.