the acceptable face of (something)

the acceptable face of (something)

A presentation, manifestation, or aspect of something that is or tries to be acceptable or even attractive. They claim to be defenders of free speech, but they're just trying to be the acceptable face of racism, if you ask me. Their country, with its economic success and reputation for human rights, has become the acceptable face of communism.
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the acceptable face of something

The acceptable face of something is the part of it that people accept or like, even if they do not like the thing itself. She was the acceptable face of a modern monarchy. He was a successful businessman who showed the acceptable face of capitalism.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the acceptable face of

the tolerable or attractive manifestation or aspect of.
1996 New York Review of Books He presents himself as the acceptable face of gambling…the man who, almost single-handedly, has turned a huckster's paradise into a gangster-free zone.
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