show (one's) face

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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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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.
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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.
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show your face

appear or be seen in a particular place.
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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.
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show (one's) face

To make an appearance: Don't show your face on my property again.
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References in classic literature ?
Then," quoth the Sheriff, smiting his thigh angrily, "yon knave is a coward as well as a rogue, and dares not show his face among good men and true.
I trow thou drawest better bow than that same coward knave Robin Hood, that dared not show his face here this day.
Thou shootest better than that coward knave Robin Hood, that dared not show his face here this day.
Bute called him a tipsy old wretch and bade him never show his face again in that house, or he should be transported like his abominable daughter.
Horrocks to get another bottle of rum, which he fetched, with clean glasses, and to which the Rector and his son sat down, ordering Horrocks to put down the keys at that instant and never to show his face again.
I should like to see him try it; I'd give him such a pair of black eyes that he wouldn't dare to show his face in the admiral's cabin again for a long while, let alone down in the orlop there, where he lives, and hereabouts on the upper decks where he sneaks so much.
As the police did not want his evidence, perhaps the press would be glad of it; and he had just written the last line of the narrative I have quoted in the preceding chapters, when Darius announced the visit of a stranger who refused his name, who would not show his face and declared simply that he did not intend to leave the place until he had spoken to the daroga.
But a close pal of murder victim Reece Allen has said his killer would never have been able to show his face in North Shields if he had been cleared of murder.
Appearing on the talk show Conan, Tyson gave his two cents' worth about Rousey's recovery, urging her to show his face more to the public.
How can you as a newspaper allow a man to insult all and sundry and yet not have the guts to show his face and how do you condone it?
But Kanye decided to show his face anyway and was sent packing from the fashionable bashes.
The Elite Eight: Illinois sails past Salim Stoudamire and Arizona, Wake Forest wills its way over Washington (who gets much farther as a top seed than the experts expect) in a wacky finish, North Carolina eliminates defending national champion UConn convincingly (and Roy Williams is relieved he doesn't have to show his face against Kansas and another set of questions from Bonnie Bernstein), and Syracuse, jealous that it couldn't come out of the Syracuse Regional, signals the end for Steve Alford and Iowa.
Malcolm Rifkind - the Minister behind the betrayal of Rosyth - would be wise not to show his face in Fife for some time.
I do not know how he has the nerve to show his face.
The ex-Anglo boss is afraid to show his face in upmarket Puerto Banus fearing he will be set upon by angry ex-pats.