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face to face

In direct contact, especially literally standing close together. I had been trying to avoid my math teacher, but then we came face to face in the cafeteria. Society is about to come face to face with a whole new set of problems brought on by technology.
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face-to-face

 
1. . Fig. in person; in the same location. (Said only of people. An adverb.) Let's talk about this face-to-face. I don't like talking over the telephone. Many people prefer to talk face-to-face.
2. Fig. facing one another; in the same location. (Used as an attributive.) I prefer to have a face-to-face meeting. They work better on a face-to-face basis.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

face to face

1. In each other's presence, opposite one another; in direct communication. For example, The two chairmen sat face to face, or It's time his parents met the teacher face to face. [Mid-1300s]
2. Confronting each other, as in We were face to face with death during the avalanche. [Late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

face to face

If you meet or talk to someone face to face, you meet or talk to them directly, with both of you in the same place. When I first heard of his death I didn't want to call her or meet her face to face. Now that he was face to face with the estate agent, Arnold found it difficult to explain. Note: A face-to-face meeting is one where people meet and can talk to each other directly. Yesterday saw the first face-to-face meeting between the heads of the Trade Union Confederation and the Employers' Association. Compare with come face to face with something. Compare with come face to face with someone.
See also: face, to
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

face to face

1 in direct personal contact. 2 in a position in which you must confront a difficulty.
See also: face, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ˌface to ˈface (with somebody/something)


1 in the presence of somebody and close enough to meet, talk, see, etc. them: The two leaders came face to face for the first time in Moscow this morning.The programme brought Anna face to face with her father for the first time in her life.face-to-face discussions, negotiations, etc.
2 in a situation where you have to accept that something is true and deal with it: The crisis has brought her face to face with a lot of problems she had been trying not to think about.
See also: face, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

face to face

and F2F
phr. & comp. abb. in person; speakers and listeners facing each other. (The full form is Standard English.) I need to CU F2F. She spoke to us face to face, and we felt better.
See also: face, to
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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