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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He said: "People think they can say what they like about people on Facebook - as far as I am concerned it's no different to saying outrageous things to someone's face." Coun Rowling pointed to instances of people sharing posts on Facebook about problems in the NHS being "down to people from other countries" and the comment section under articles about the Eid Festival.
We write things on social media that we would never express to someone's face.
But it's also a hacking proof-of-concept that, for now, shouldn't alarm the average iPhone owner, given the time, effort, and access to someone's face required to recreate it.
This gender-friendly gift works for any occasion or excuse to bring a smile to someone's face. Gather scraps of paper, cloth, paints, etc., and sit down with your friends to enjoy an afternoon of fun.
Almost half believed that what they said had made a difference but more than a quarter of people surveyed admitted they would say, or have said, something on a site they would never say to someone's face.
There's darts and rugby, crown green bowls, They all deserve a place, I'm sure that they, all in their right, Bring a smile to someone's face.
These glam compacts will bring a smile to someone's face on Christmas Day.
He's so funny and likes nothing better than bringing a smile to someone's face. He's nearly human, really, and all the sick children come down from the wards to see him.
Experts suggest online users never send messages when angry and never say something in an e-mail that they wouldn't say to someone's face.
"If there is anything I love about being a personality," he says, "it's the smile you can bring to someone's face just by extending hand."
* Snowy or icy conditions can almost double the risk of UV damage to someone's face or eyes, due to the effects of reflected glare.
"If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it online.
Say it to someone's face!" the Daily Star quoted him as tweeting.
I just love the idea that my designs could bring a smile to someone's face as they make a cup of tea in the morning.
If you can bring a smile to someone's face that's what it's all about."