lose face


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lose face

Fig. to lose status; to become less respectable. John is more afraid of losing face than losing money. Things will go better if you can explain to him where he was wrong without making him lose face.
See also: face, lose

lose face

to not maintain your reputation and the respect of others The sales manager lost face with his customers when he continually promised items he couldn't deliver.
Opposite of: save face
See also: face, lose

lose face

to do something which makes other people stop respecting you He refused to admit he made a mistake because he didn't want to lose face.
See also: face, lose

lose face

Be embarrassed or humiliated, especially publicly. For example, Terry lost face when his assistant was promoted and became his boss. Both this expression and the underlying concept come from Asia; the term itself is a translation of the Chinese tiu lien and has been used in English since the late 1800s. Also see save face.
See also: face, lose
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They lose face if they free them and they are really out on a limb if they execute them.
The further the Government gets and the stronger the statements for the necessity for military action the Prime Minister makes, the harder it will be to back down because this will lose face.
It might just mean that he was concerned that hosts would not lose face because they had not supplied enough wine.
But the leaders of the two traditional enemies are determined not to lose face.
Of course, it could have been that Jason, 32, did not want to lose face in front of his co-star, Victoria Billings, who seemed to be thrilled by the stunt off Miami Beach, Florida.
In 1999, Mr Mandela convinced Col Gaddafi he would not lose face if the trial was allowed.
They're not very happy with me and I feel guilty, but I don't want to lose face at school either - what should I do?
When a sceptical member of the public prevents him from slipping a safety catch on a revolver, he prefers to lose face literally, by being shot dead, rather than lose it figuratively.
One travel expert said: "You can bet the other major airlines will follow suit as they won't want to lose face - or customers.
We may lose face in the short-term, but we will gain Brownie points in the longer term.
They don't want to lose face with friends and acquaintances by having to admit to such a poor relationship with him.
He's the hottest boy in my area and very popular so I'll lose face with all my friends if we split up so soon.
Better, surely, to lose face than to lose a life because doctors fear being too robust.