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face up

1. verb To turn something so that the top or printed side can be seen. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "face" and "up." Face your projects up, and I will come around and collect them.
2. verb To deal with or tackle something that is troublesome and/or causes one trepidation. Just face up to your role in the situation—I'm sure Maggie will forgive you if you're honest with her.
3. adjective (of a person) Lying on one's stomach. I just can't sleep on my stomach—I have to lie on my back.
4. adjective (of a thing) With the top or printed side turned up so that it cannot be seen. Put your projects face up on your desks, and I will come around and collect them.
See also: face, up

face up (to someone or something)

to confront with courage someone or something representing a threat or unpleasantness. You are simply going to have to admit your mistake and face up to the boss. You must face up to the authorities if you have done something wrong.
See also: face, up

face up

see under face down.
See also: face, up

ˌface ˈup/ˈdown


1 (of a person) with your face and stomach facing upwards/downwards: She lay face down on the bed.
2 (of a playing card) with the number or picture facing upwards/downwards: Place the card face up on the pile.
See also: down, face, up

face up

v.
1. To position something so that its front surface is oriented upward: The designer faced the mirror up to reflect the sunlight.
2. face up to To confront an unpleasant situation; accept responsibility, blame, or a particular reality: The manager finally faced up to the problem of theft.
See also: face, up