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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Designing the entire campaign around the 'assurance', it is now left to the 'investor' to give face to his unique selling proposition.
To give face to local Filipino heroes from various regional epics, myths and legend, a project called Bayaning Bayan: Sa Ating Mga Katutubong Epiko, Mito at Alamat" was launched by the Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Bringing a nice gift to a prearranged meeting, especially at someone's home, is an excellent opportunity to give face to one's host.
It would serve as a dedicated centre and recruit experts to give face to face career advice.
This was the time of well-known declamations opining the inferiority of American writing, and both writers felt the isolation of an as yet un-established relationship with a readership, and repeatedly attempted "to bridge the distance between reader and author and give face to a faceless readership" (115).
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.
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.