not have the face (to do something)

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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 him for his number. Our politicians don't have the face to stand up to big lobbies and corporations when they're writing laws.
See also: face, have, not

not have the face

BRITISH, 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.
See also: face, have, not
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