show (one's) face

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show (one's) face

To go somewhere despite feeling embarrassed or being scorned. With the way my kids behaved there last time, I can never show my face in that restaurant again. How can you show your face around here, after what you did?
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show one's face

Appear, as in She was so upset that we were sure she'd never show her face at the theater again. This idiom has appeared in slightly different forms, such as show one's neck or visage or nose, since about 1225.
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show your face

1. If you show your face, you go somewhere where people can see you. Louis stayed in his Harlem apartment for three days after his defeat, too ashamed to show his face. If she shows her face again back in Massachusetts she'll find a warrant for her arrest waiting. Note: This expression is often used to talk about people who have done something bad or something that makes them ashamed.
2. If you show your face somewhere, you go there for a short period of time, often because you feel you should. I'll go for half an hour just to show my face, and then come home and go to bed, because I'm exhausted. I felt I ought to show my face at her father's funeral.
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show your face

appear or be seen in a particular place.
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show your ˈface

be in or go to a place, especially when you are not welcome: After what happened yesterday, I don’t know how you dare show your face here.If he ever shows his face in here again, there’ll be trouble.
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show (one's) face

To make an appearance: Don't show your face on my property again.
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References in classic literature ?
If I had told my master such a wicked fib as you have done, I should be ashamed to show my face.
I may say of myself that never, after my book had appeared, should I have the hardihood to show my face on the Nevski Prospect; for would it not be too dreadful to hear every one saying, "Here comes the literateur and poet, Dievushkin--yes, it is Dievushkin himself"?
That have I," he answered, "and close; but I care not to go nigh him in this plight, for his wife hath a gibing tongue, and will spread the tale until I could not show my face in any market from Fordingbridge to Southampton.
I'm gay and was visiting a friend but my family don't know about me so I couldn't show my face.
Carol's husband says she should laugh it off but she says: "I feel I can't show my face in public again.
I shot a couple of attorneys," says Vaschon--who himself holds down a day job as a corporate graphic designer--"and that was one of the big stipulations: 'Do not show my face.