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face card

1. A playing card that has a picture of a person (such as a king, queen, or jack) on it, as opposed to one of the numeral cards. The face cards are more valuable than any of the cards you're holding.
2. An important or powerful (and, possibly, conceited) person. You can't park here—these spots are for face cards only.
See also: card, face
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

face card

n. an important person; a self-important person. (As with the royal characters in playing cards.) Who’s the face card getting out of the benz?
See also: card, face
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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