face out(redirected from face something out)
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1. verb To address someone or something directly, often in an unpleasant situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "face" and "out." If you want to finally resolve the tension, you should face out your mom instead of avoiding her.
2. verb To be turned in a particular direction, typically so that something is visible. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "face" and "out." I want the labels on all of the bottles to face out so that people can see what their drink options are.
3. verb To have the top or printed side turned up so that it can be seen. When you're done, please flip your test over so that the answers don't face out.
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1. To be placed so that a front surface shows: The paintings on the wall face out.
2. To place something so that its front surface is exposed: Keep the two parts of the sign folded together while it's raining, but face them out so we can read them when the rain stops. The window dresser faced the mannequins out so that passersby could see the clothing.
3. To confront directly and engage with someone or something, often to resolve or get through a conflict or a problem: Don't be afraid of them; you should face them out and defend yourself. I faced out my fear of flying and walked on the plane.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.