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lose face

To lose prestige or respect. His terrible performance in the debate caused him to lose face with the voters.
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lose face

Fig. to lose status; to become less respectable. John is more afraid of losing face than losing money. Things will go better if you can explain to him where he was wrong without making him lose face.
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lose face

Be embarrassed or humiliated, especially publicly. For example, Terry lost face when his assistant was promoted and became his boss. Both this expression and the underlying concept come from Asia; the term itself is a translation of the Chinese tiu lien and has been used in English since the late 1800s. Also see save face.
See also: face, lose

lose face

COMMON If you lose face, you do something that makes people stop admiring or respecting you. He was too proud to lose face by looking nervous. You made him look bad. He lost face in front of his crew. Note: You can also say that something loses someone face. The circumstances in which his most senior colleague resigned has lost him face with the Americans. Compare with save face. Note: This is a Chinese expression and refers to the covering of one's face with a fan as a sign of disgrace after revealing one's emotions. `Face' here means the face with a calm expression on it.
See also: face, lose

lose face

suffer a loss of respect; be humiliated.
This expression was originally associated with China and was a translation of the Chinese idiom tiu lien .
See also: face, lose

lose ˈface

be less respected or look stupid because of something you have done: The government can’t agree to the changes without losing face. OPPOSITE: save (somebody’s) face ▶ (a) loss of ˈface noun: This gives him an opportunity to change his mind without loss of face.
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Bill also did not understand how people in collectivistic society feel when they lose face and the consequence of showing anger on group harmony and the development of pakikisama.
It seems that there is an impasse as The Philippines is also calling for an agreement to allow multiple carriers to service Singaporean routes and both sides, note observers, are not wishing to lose face through compromise.
Otherwise you might lose face and violate the employees' rights.
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IT is reported that, last year, Indian Government Cabinet members informed our Government that they did not need aid from Britain, which was ignored in order not to lose face.
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But former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Anelka laughed as he told France Soir: "For me, this whole commission thing is a nonsense, a charade not to lose face.
The debate about his wartime role goes on, but the mild-mannered warrior proved that to lose all was not to lose face.
That was absolutely terrific, I'm delighted for him," the Villa boss said of his protege's efforts in securing England did not lose face in Amsterdam.
An insider said: "No-one will want to lose face by being beaten.
Nobody, it seems, wishes to lose face or take responsibility for their mistakes.
But they can't do that with us because we would lose face in Germany.
The further the Government gets and the stronger the statements for the necessity for military action the Prime Minister makes, the harder it will be to back down because this will lose face.