give (someone) face

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give (someone) face

1. To show or treat (someone) with respect, honor, and dignity. The phrase is a translation from Cantonese and is used primarily in reference to Chinese people, culture, and business. While working abroad in Hong Kong, I learned how important it is to give face to one's employer at all times. I always take care to give face to my husband at any opportunity.
2. vulgar slang To perform cunnilingus on a woman.
See also: face, give
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Designing the entire campaign around the 'assurance', it is now left to the 'investor' to give face to his unique selling proposition.
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Bringing a nice gift to a prearranged meeting, especially at someone's home, is an excellent opportunity to give face to one's host.
It would serve as a dedicated centre and recruit experts to give face to face career advice.
If the owner lives in the immediate vicinity, officers will visit them to give face to face advice.
This is not a process that the country is obliged to follow nor does the leadership have to "give face" to people who may not even have heard of this country until a couple of years ago.
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According to the resource theory of social exchange (Foa & Foa, 1976), there are many ways to give face, such as praising P's talents or achievements in public so as to elevate P's status, showing concern for P, adopting the ideas suggested by P, respecting the opinions of P, honoring the request of P by giving certain resources to P, etc.
This was the time of well-known declamations opining the inferiority of American writing, and both writers felt the isolation of an as yet un-established relationship with a readership, and repeatedly attempted "to bridge the distance between reader and author and give face to a faceless readership" (115).
To "give face" means to give praise to someone in an organization.
For example, it refused to give face to President Hu Jintao by calling his visit to Washington in 2006 a "state visit," and it refused to use the term "strategic dialogue" for senior-level talks between the two countries, saying that term was reserved for allies like Japan.
He will be at The Priory Queensway branch of Lloyds TSB from 12.30pm on Wednesday to give face to face advice to anyone who wants it.