to someone's face

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.
See also: face

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.
See also: face
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