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show (one's) face

To go somewhere despite feeling embarrassed or being scorned. With the way my kids behaved there last time, I can never show my face in that restaurant again. How can you show your face around here, after what you did?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

show one's face

Appear, as in She was so upset that we were sure she'd never show her face at the theater again. This idiom has appeared in slightly different forms, such as show one's neck or visage or nose, since about 1225.
See also: face, show
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.

show your face

1. If you show your face, you go somewhere where people can see you. Louis stayed in his Harlem apartment for three days after his defeat, too ashamed to show his face. If she shows her face again back in Massachusetts she'll find a warrant for her arrest waiting. Note: This expression is often used to talk about people who have done something bad or something that makes them ashamed.
2. If you show your face somewhere, you go there for a short period of time, often because you feel you should. I'll go for half an hour just to show my face, and then come home and go to bed, because I'm exhausted. I felt I ought to show my face at her father's funeral.
See also: face, show
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

show your face

appear or be seen in a particular place.
See also: face, show
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

show your ˈface

be in or go to a place, especially when you are not welcome: After what happened yesterday, I don’t know how you dare show your face here.If he ever shows his face in here again, there’ll be trouble.
See also: face, show
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

show (one's) face

To make an appearance: Don't show your face on my property again.
See also: face, show
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

show one's face, to

To appear, to be present. This expression generally implies that one is appearing, despite being embarrassed about something, or that one is afraid to appear for some reason. Thus Samuel Richardson used it in the early novel Clarissa (1748), “I should be ashamed to show my face in public.” It continues to be used in just this way.
See also: show, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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