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face down

1. verb To confront or intimidate someone until they relent. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "face" and "down." I'm so impressed that that scrawny little kid faced the bully down!
2. verb To turn something so that the top or printed side cannot be seen. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "face" and "down. Be sure to face your tests down when you're done.
3. adjective Of a person, lying on one's stomach with one's face literally turned downward. Just lie face down on the table and the masseuse will be in with you shortly.
4. adjective Of an object, with the top or printed side turned down so that it cannot be seen. Put your test face down on the desk when you're done.
See also: down, face

face someone down

to make a face-to-face stand with someone who eventually backs down. Chuck succeeded in facing Tom down. Facing down Tom wasn't difficult for Chuck.
See also: down, face

face something down

to turn something face downward. Ted drew a card and faced it down. Face your cards down when you leave the card table.
See also: down, face

face down

1. With the upper surface put down, as in Please put these papers face down. This usage appears to come from cardplaying. [First half of 1600s] The antonym, "with the upper surface uppermost," is face up.
2. Overcome, intimidate, or browbeat someone in a bold confrontation. This verbal expression dates from the 16th century. Shakespeare used it in The Comedy of Errors (3:1): "Here's a villain that would face me down."
See also: down, face

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 down

v.
1. To confront someone in a resolute or determined manner: The incumbent faced down the opponent in a debate. The soldiers faced the enemy down.
2. To position something so that its front surface is oriented downward: I faced the picture down so that I wouldn't be reminded of my dead parents.
See also: down, face
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Tyrone will be expecting to win - we'll be wasting our time going to the Super 8s if we can't face them down.
The Journal's Invest in the North East campaign aims to capture both of those elements of life in the region: the challenges we face, and what is being done to face them down.
There are shocks to overcome, but malevolent elves are preparing to invade and she must face them down to protect what she holds dear.
It takes a strong girl to stand up to a crowd and face them down.
But we are confident that Mr Brown is a wily enough old fox with the rhinoceros hide to face them down on both issues.
We need a united country to face them down and get a good deal for everybody.
Ripping into the Tories, he declared: "This is no time for novices." He also unveiled plans to scrap prescription charges for the long-term sick and said: "I know the way to deal with tough times is to face them down."
'When they tour next autumn, we should face them down here in Wales to celebrate that.'
Charge me and I will head for the airport right now and face them down in court as I faced them down in the Senate room.
He must face them down - or he will lose all authority and all credibility with the people of Scotland.
He blasted: "Charge me, and I'll head for the airport right now and face them down in court as I faced them down in the Senate room.
Blair, Hain and the Westminster sycophants have squealed again and Morgan does not have the courage to face them down.
She decided to face them down after learning that her critics planned to savage her.
"Charge me and I'll head for the airport right now and face them down in court as I faced them down in the Senate room.
He said: "Any footballer would love to play against Celtic twice a year, travel up here and then face them down there.