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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

To make an appearance: Don't show your face on my property again.
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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.
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