to (one's) face

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to (one's) face

To one directly, often quite literally by speaking face to face, as opposed to indirect methods. Hey, if you've got a problem with me, tell me to my face instead of complaining about me to everyone else at work.
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to one's face

Openly, directly, as in I do not have the nerve to tell him to his face that he wasn't invited and shouldn't have come . This idiom alludes to a direct confrontation. [Mid-1500s]
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to someone's face

COMMON If you say something, especially something critical or unpleasant, to a person's face, you say it directly to them. He was too old and he had to step aside. But who was going to say so to his face? At school, no-one would ever say anything to my face because they were scared of me.
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to somebody’s ˈface

(say something) openly, when speaking to somebody: Would you really call her a liar to her face?I think he’s guilty but I’d never dare say it to his face. OPPOSITE: behind somebody’s back
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to (one's) face

In the view or hearing of: insulted me to my face.
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References in classic literature ?
His words had drawn Genevieve's gaze to his face, and she had pleasured in the clear skin, the clear eyes, the cheek soft and smooth as a girl's.