not have the face
not have the face (to do something)
old-fashioned To lack the courage or conviction (to do something). I really liked him, but I didn't have the face to ask for his number. Our politicians don't have the face to stand up to big lobbies and corporations when they're writing laws.
not have the faceBRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you don't have the face to do something, you are too nervous or embarrassed to do it. You wouldn't lend me a couple of quid, would you? I haven't the face to borrow off Michael.