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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.
See also: face, show
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show (one's) face

To make an appearance: Don't show your face on my property again.
See also: face, show
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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.
See also: show
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"This also means that it is important to show one's face when communicating."
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It seems one only has to be lucky enough to show one's face on BBC Television and it is worth a million pounds.