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lose face

To lose prestige or respect. His terrible performance in the debate caused him to lose face with the voters.
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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.
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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.
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lose face

COMMON If you lose face, you do something that makes people stop admiring or respecting you. He was too proud to lose face by looking nervous. You made him look bad. He lost face in front of his crew. Note: You can also say that something loses someone face. The circumstances in which his most senior colleague resigned has lost him face with the Americans. Compare with save face. Note: This is a Chinese expression and refers to the covering of one's face with a fan as a sign of disgrace after revealing one's emotions. `Face' here means the face with a calm expression on it.
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lose face

suffer a loss of respect; be humiliated.
This expression was originally associated with China and was a translation of the Chinese idiom tiu lien .
See also: face, lose

lose ˈface

be less respected or look stupid because of something you have done: The government can’t agree to the changes without losing face. OPPOSITE: save (somebody’s) face ▶ (a) loss of ˈface noun: This gives him an opportunity to change his mind without loss of face.
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lose face, to

To suffer embarrassment; to be publicly humiliated. Both the concept and term are associated with Asian customs, specifically China; in fact, the term is a translation of the Chinese tiu lien. In English it has been used since the late nineteenth century, an early example being R. Hart’s chronicle about China, Arrangements by Which China Has Lost Face (1876). See also save face.
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He was never going to come out of clink and admit that he was stupid and that it was a salutary lesson, to do so would be to lose face among his sick fan club.
We suppose there is a first time for everything but we can see this still ending up a stalemate as both teams will be desperate not to lose face.
In this context, to "look down, look away, ignore the other, that would already have been to lose face", said the prosecutor, who requested both men be given one-year suspended sentences.
If directness causes someone to lose face and makes him feel that his feelings are not valued, he may not forget or forgive.
IT is reported that, last year, Indian Government Cabinet members informed our Government that they did not need aid from Britain, which was ignored in order not to lose face.
Is this a project he was forced to support when in government, and now cannot be seen to lose face by doing a U-turn.
As my husband says, it will be hard for my mother to lose face and re-create a relationship with me.
But he appeared unconcerned and said: "For me, this whole commission thing is a nonsense, a charade not to lose face. The so-called punishment has no relevance whatsoever because, for me, the French national team was an issue which ended on June 19 when I was kicked out of the training centre at Knysna.
But former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Anelka laughed as he told France Soir: "For me, this whole commission thing is a nonsense, a charade not to lose face.
Just think, to lose face with all your mates, lose all your business contacts and not have a phone glued to your hand, sheer hell!
Causing employees to lose face. In Asia the loss of face, or esteem, is very serious.
The debate about his wartime role goes on, but the mild-mannered warrior proved that to lose all was not to lose face.
It is therefore important that Westerners do not inadvertently cause Chinese contacts to lose face as this could ruin future business prospects.
"George Burley left as he did not want to lose face but that was a big shock for the players
Where there is authority, even if it is spiritual authority, the dangers of suppressing legitimate dissent, promoting a culture of misplaced docile acquiescence among subordinates, ruling by decree rather than by consultation, defending mistaken decisions for the sake of not seeming to lose face, in short: 'of stifling the Spirit' are real (3) [1 Thessalonians 4,19].