face(redirected from put a good face on it)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
n., v. faced, fac•ing. n.
- A beautiful face … cut as clear and sharp as a cameo —Jack London
- Angular face, sharp as the face of the knave in a deck —George Garrett
- A bulky white face like that of a Mother Superior —Frank Swinnerton
- The countenance is the title page which heralds the contents of the human volume, but like other title pages it sometimes puzzles, often misleads, and often says nothing to the purpose —William Matthews
- A desolate, cratered face, sooty with care like an abandoned mining town —Joseph Heller
- A dry energetic face which seemed to press forward with the spring of his prominent features, as though it were the weapon with which he cleared his way through the world —Edith Wharton
- Face … as broad and plain as a tin pie pan —Jean Thompson
- A face as creased and limited as her conversation —Hortense Calisher
- Face … as creased and brown as a walnut —Margaret Millar
- Face … bunched up like a fist —Jonathan Valin
- Face … changeable as an autumn sky —John O’Connor
- Face … clean as a china plate —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- Face clear as a cloud —Arthur A. Cohen
- Face crumpled as if it had been left out in the rain —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
- Face … doughy, like a fresh baking of bread just put out to rise —Paul J. Wellman
- Face … dry and immobile, like a mummy’s —Ignazio Silone
- Face … has the compressed appearance, as though someone had squeezed his head in a vise —Woolcott Gibbs, about Thomas Dewey 1940 campaign
- Face … heavy as a sack —Honoré de Balzac
- Face … heavy, as if little bags of sand had been painlessly sewn into various parts of it, dragging the features away from the bones —Kingsley Amis
- A face in many planes, as if the carver had whittled and modelled and indented to see how far he could go —Willa Cather
- Face is like the Milky Way in the sky —Sir John Suckling
- Face … its beauty fortuitous like that of a Puritan woman leaning over the washtub —Walker Percy
- Face lean as a hatchet —William Beechcroft
- Face like a pie … out of the oven too soon —William Faulkner
- A face like a 16-oz. boxing glove —Harry Prince
- Face … like a badly packed suitcase —Jimmy Sangster
- Face like a bad orange —Joyce Cary
- Face..like a beaked bird —James Joyce
- Face like a benediction —Miguel de Cervantes
- Face like a butcher’s block —Frank O’Connor
- Face … like a fiddle and everyone who sees him must love him —Anon Irish saying
Carl Sandburg who had a penchant for incorporating familiar similes into his work, quoted this in his poem, New Hampshire Again.
- (A pale flat woman with a) face like a fillet of flounder —Helen Hudson
- Face like a knotty whorl in the bark of a hoary olive tree —Amos Oz
- Face … like a mail-order ax —William H. Gass
- A face like a Mediterranean Lolita —Carol Ascher
- Face like an anemic cat’s —Colette
- Face like an old purse —Mary Hedin
- (A little brown monkey of a man with) a face like a nut —Ruth Rendell
- Face like a peeled beet —Hanoch Bartov
- Face like a picture of a knight, like one of that Round Table bunch —O. Henry
- Face … like a piece of the out-of-doors come indoors: as holly-berries do —D. H. Lawrence
- Face … like a pillow that has been much but badly slept on —Romain Gary
- Face … like a predatory bird, beaked, grim-lipped —Wallace Stegner
- Face like a raisin cookie. Eyes set wide apart and shallow —Donald McCaig
- A face like a rock —Thomas Carlyle
Carlyle thus described his publisher, Frederic Henry Hedge.
- Face like a sack of flour —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Face like a sallow bust on a bracket in a university library —Edith Wharton
- Face like a shell —Ellen Gilchrist
- Face like a slab of corned beef —Oakley Hall
- Face like a small pale mask —William Faulkner
- Face like a sodden pie —Edgar Lee Masters
- A face like a very expensive cat —Josephine Tey
- Face like a very ripe peach —Christopher Isherwood
- Face like lean old glove leather —Richard Ford
- Face … like the cement in an old cellar, rough irregular lines lying thick and lumpy along a hard white surface —Charles Johnson
- Face like the soul’s awakening —P. G. Wodehouse
- Her big powdered face was set like an egg in a cup in the frilly high-necked blouse —John Dos Passos
- (He had) a face like the statue of some Victorian industrialist, heavy and firm and deeply lined, giving an impression of stern willingness —John Braine
- A face like Walt Disney’s idea of a grandfather —William Mcllvanney
- Face like warm baked clay —C. J. Koch
- Face looked like a white blown-out paper bag —V. S. Pritchett
- Face … massive as a piece of sculpture —Harvey Swados
- Face ravaged as the dimmest memories of the past … creased and flabby, like an old bag —Kingsley Amis
- Face red, swollen, like an overripe fruit —Graham Swift
- Face sagged, as if its fleshy sub-structure had dried up —McKinlay Kantor
- Faces bunched like fists —Irving Feldman
- Faces harder than a rock —The Holy Bible/Jeremiah
- Face shimmering and flat as the moon —Diane Wakoski
- Face … shines in the darkness like a thin moon —Erich Maria Remarque
- Face short and blunt as a cat’s —M. J. Farrell
- Faces like dark boxes of secrets and desires … locked safely, like old-fashioned caskets for the safe conduct of jewels on a voyage —Eudora Welty
- (Young neat unscratched boys with) faces like the bottoms of new saucers —Charles Bukowski
- Face like flint —The Holy Bible/Isaiah
- Face smooth and intent like a man listening to music —Ross Macdonald
- Face smooth and timeless as a portrait in a darkened gallery —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Face … smooth, calculated, and precision-made, like an expensive baby doll —Ken Kesey
- Face … smooth like a balmy sky where there’s peace —Helga Sandburg
- Face … soft and withered as an apple doll —Sue Grafton
- Face so grimed with dirt it looked like a brown leather mask —John Dos Passos
- Face … so old that it looked as if the flesh had been polished away —Ellen Glasgow
- Face sparkles like a diamond (at mention of favorite topic-collecting) —Honoré de Balzac
- Faces ruddy and wrinkled like old apples —Margaret Bhatty
- Faces shimmered like they were coming out of water —Jayne Anne Phillips
- Face … strong, like Greek statuary —Sue Grafton
- Faces were like the faces of lions —The Holy Bible/Kings
- A face that looked as if it had been left out on the fire escape for over half a century —Rex Stout
- A face that resembled a diseased cauliflower —Miles Gibson
- A face that seemed sometimes as intimidating as a clenched fist —Frank Tuohy
- Face thin as a desert saint’s —Z. Vance Wilson
- Face thrust forward like a hatchet —Oakley Hall
- Face twitched like a snapping rubber band —James Lee Burke
- (The old woman’s) face was like a worn rock at which all the waves of life had smashed and beaten —Thomas Wolfe
- Face was very like a crow —Lewis Carroll
- Face … wizened as an old potato —Ignazio Silone
- (One day his) face would collapse, like that of a beautiful woman who suddenly abandons the pretense and concedes defeat —Harvey Swados
- Face … wound up like a spring —Alan Sillitoe
- Features … a little like a Roman emperor side-face —A. A. Milne
- Features … a little like a Roman emperor side-face —A. A. Milne
- Features … dark and indistinct, as if they’d been rubbed with a dirty eraser —Alice McDermott
- A flat face like an imprint in some thick, warm tar —Robie Macauley
- Flat white face, like a pillow with eyes —Richard Connell
- Front face she was shapeless like poorly impressed sealing-wax —Julia O’Faolain
- Her face had filled out into two little puffs of vanity on either side of her mouth, as if she were eating or were containing a yawn —V. S. Pritchett
- Her face had rounded with flesh that closed in about her eyes like a dough doll’s —Will Weaver
- Her face, pinched from the cold, made her look like a young girl in the Depression of the thirties —Penelope Gilliatt
- Her face was like an old brown bowl —Thomas Wolfe
- His countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible —The Holy Bible/Judges
- His face was as … the sun —The Holy Bible/Revelation
- His face, with its thick crude lines … and large mouth, gave him the appearance of a slightly refined monkey —H. E. Bates
- His unkempt face hung like a bad smell over his dirty clothes —James Crumley
- Intense aquiline profile, like the prow of a boat straining forward from too close a fastening —Ruth Suckow
- Looked like a miniature beside a portrait in oils —Honoré de Balzac
- Old slightly wizened face, like minor characters in novels of whom one is told that ‘they might have been any age from 20 to 50’ —Edward Marsh
- A profile like a bread knife —Harvey Swados
- A profile like a set of keys and a nose like a bicycle seat —Joey Adams
- Profile … like the blade of a knife, cold and sharp —Honoré de Balzac
- A round coarse face like a pomegranate —Frank Swinnerton
- Round red face shone like freshly washed china —Katherine Mansfield
- A sly, pointed face with something vixen in it, the look of a child evacuee who had lost his parents and grown up too fast —Penelope Gilliatt
- They had long tired faces. Their yawns, snapping and unsnapping their jaws, made them look like horses —Boris Pasternak
- A thin face, pointed as a paper knife —Helen Hudson
The man thus described in Hudson’s story, The Tenant, is trying to pry information out of a troubled woman. The author built upon the paper knife comparison by adding “Ready to slit her open.”
- Weather beaten face, like it was smoked and cured —George Garrett
- Wild faces like men hopped up on dope —George Garrett
Past participle: faced
|Noun||1.||face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"|
human, human being, homo, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
external body part - any body part visible externally
mouth - the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening; "she wiped lipstick from her mouth"
facial, facial nerve, nervus facialis, seventh cranial nerve - cranial nerve that supplies facial muscles
head, caput - the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains; "he stuck his head out the window"
nose, olfactory organ - the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals; "he has a cold in the nose"
physiognomy, visage, smiler, kisser, phiz, countenance, mug - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
feature, lineament - the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin; "an expression of pleasure crossed his features"; "his lineaments were very regular"
facial muscle - any of the skeletal muscles of the face
cheek - either side of the face below the eyes
jowl - a fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw (characteristic of aging)
jaw - the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth
|2.||face - the feelings expressed on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"|
countenance, visage - the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
leer - a suggestive or sneering look or grin
|3.||face - the general outward appearance of something; "the face of the city is changing"|
|4.||face - the striking or working surface of an implement|
head - the striking part of a tool; "the head of the hammer"
racquet, racket - a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games
surface - the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary; "there is a special cleaner for these surfaces"; "the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"
|5.||face - a part of a person that is used to refer to a person; "he looked out at a roomful of faces"; "when he returned to work he met many new faces"|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
synecdoche - substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa
|6.||face - a surface forming part of the outside of an object; "he examined all sides of the crystal"; "dew dripped from the face of the leaf"|
beam-ends - (nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel; "on her beam-ends" means heeled over on the side so that the deck is almost vertical
windward - the side of something that is toward the wind
back end, backside, rear - the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room was toward the rear of the hotel"
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
|7.||face - the part of an animal corresponding to the human face|
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
muzzle - forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
external body part - any body part visible externally
|8.||face - the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object); "he dealt the cards face down"|
dial - the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
front - the side that is seen or that goes first
playing card - one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
|9.||face - a contorted facial expression; "she made a grimace at the prospect"|
|10.||face - a specific size and style of type within a type family|
type - printed characters; "small type is hard to read"
type family - a complete set of type suitable for printing text
unicameral script - a script with a single case
bicameral script - a script having two distinct cases
constant-width font, fixed-width font, monospaced font, typewriter font - a typeface is which each character is given the same width (as by a typewriter)
proportional font - any font whose different characters have different widths
cartridge font, font cartridge - any font that is contained in a cartridge that can be plugged into a computer printer
italic - a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right
raster font, screen font - the font that is displayed on a computer screen; "when the screen font resembles a printed font a document may look approximately the same on the screen as it will when printed"
|11.||face - status in the eyes of others; "he lost face"|
|12.||face - impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"|
aggressiveness - the quality of being bold and enterprising
|13.||face - a vertical surface of a building or cliff|
perpendicular - an extremely steep face
vertical surface - a surface that is vertical
coalface - the part of a coal seam that is being cut
|Verb||1.||face - deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"|
confront, face, present - present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize; "We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us"
go about, set about, approach - begin to deal with; "approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "approach a new project"
|2.||face - oppose, as in hostility or a competition; "You must confront your opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally confronted each other"|
take the bull by the horns - face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
encounter, take on, meet, play - contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
pit, play off, oppose, match - set into opposition or rivalry; "let them match their best athletes against ours"; "pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; "He plays his two children off against each other"
|3.||face - be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to; "The house looks north"; "My backyard look onto the pond"; "The building faces the park"|
lie - be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
face - be opposite; "the facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"
confront - be face to face with; "The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume"
|4.||face - be opposite; "the facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"|
be - occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
|5.||face - turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction; "Turn and face your partner now"|
turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
face - turn so as to expose the face; "face a playing card"
|6.||face - present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize; "We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us"|
|7.||face - turn so as to expose the face; "face a playing card"|
face - turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction; "Turn and face your partner now"
|8.||face - line the edge (of a garment) with a different material; "face the lapels of the jacket"|
line - cover the interior of; "line the gloves"; "line a chimney"
face - cover the front or surface of; "The building was faced with beautiful stones"
reface - put a new facing on (a garment)
|9.||face - cover the front or surface of; "The building was faced with beautiful stones"|
revet - face with a layer of stone or concrete or other supporting material so as to retain; "face an embankment"
reface - provide with a new facing; "The building was refaced with beautiful stones"
face - line the edge (of a garment) with a different material; "face the lapels of the jacket"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
"The face is the image of the soul" [Cicero De Oratore]
"The face is the soul of the body" [Ludwig Wittgenstein Journal]
"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that" [Lauren Bacall]
"At 50, everyone has the face he deserves" [George Orwell last entry in notebook]
"Was this the face that launched a thousand ships"
"And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?" [Christopher Marlowe Dr. Faustus]
the wind was blowing in our faces → el viento soplaba de cara
the bomb blew up in his face → la bomba estalló delante suyo
it all blew up in his face (fig) → le salió el tiro por la culata
I could never look him in the face again → no tendría valor para mirarle a la cara de nuevo
to say sth to sb's face → decirle algo a la cara a algn
I told him to his face → se lo dije a la cara
to bring sb face to face with sb → confrontar algn con algn
to bring two people face to face → poner a dos personas cara a cara, confrontar a dos personas
to come face to face with [+ person] → encontrarse cara a cara con; [+ problem, danger] → enfrentarse con
face up → boca arriba
to put a brave or > good face on it (US) → poner al mal tiempo buena cara
get out of my face! → ¡déjame en paz!
to lose face → quedar mal, desprestigiarse
to be off one's face (Brit) → estar como una cuba
to put one's face on → maquillarse, pintarse
to save face → salvar las apariencias, quedar bien
to set one's face against sth → oponerse resueltamente a algo
to show one's face → dejarse ver
shut your face! → ¡cállate la boca!, ¡calla la boca!
see also blue A1
see also egg A1
see also laugh B
see also plain A1
see also pretty A1
see also slap A
see also stuff B1
a happy face → una cara alegre or de Pascua
his face fell → puso cara larga
a long face → una cara larga
to make or pull faces (at sb) → hacer muecas (a algn)
to pull a (wry) face → poner mala cara
see also straight A1
there were plenty of familiar faces at the party → había muchas caras conocidas en la fiesta
we need some new or fresh faces on the team → el equipo necesita sangre nueva
it's vanished off the face of the earth → ha desaparecido de la faz de la tierra
the changing face of modern politics → la cambiante fisonomía de la política actual
to have the face to do sth → tener el descaro de hacer algo
face down(wards) [person, card] → boca abajo
in the face of [+ enemy] → frente a; [+ threats, danger] → ante; [+ difficulty] → en vista de, ante
on the face of it → a primera vista, a juzgar por las apariencias
face up(ward) [person, card] → boca arriba
to fly in the face of reason → oponerse abiertamente a la razón
face the wall! → ¡ponte de cara a la pared!
turn it to face the fire → gíralo para que esté de cara al fuego
to sit facing the engine → estar sentado de frente a la locomotora
they sat facing each other → se sentaron uno frente al or enfrente del otro
to face both ways → dar una de cal y otra de arena
many people are facing redundancy → muchas personas se ven enfrentadas al desempleo
I can't face him (ashamed) → no podría mirarle a los ojos
we are faced with serious problems → se nos plantean graves problemas
he faces a fine of £200 if convicted → le espera una multa de £200 si lo declaran culpable
he was faced with a class who refused to cooperate → se encontraba ante una clase que se negaba a cooperar
faced with the prospect of living on his own, he → ante la perspectiva de vivir solo, ...
to face facts → aceptar los hechos or la realidad
to face the fact that → reconocer que ...
we will face him with the facts → le expondremos los hechos or la realidad
let's face it! → ¡seamos realistas!, ¡reconozcámoslo!
to face the music → afrontar las consecuencias
I can't face breakfast this morning → hoy no podría desayunar nada
I can't face this alone → no me veo capaz de enfrentar esto solo
I can't face changing jobs again → no me veo capaz de volver a cambiar de trabajo
face this way! → ¡vuélvete hacia aquí!
right face! (US) (Mil) → ¡derecha!
about face! (US) (Mil) → ¡media vuelta!
face cloth N = face flannel face cream N → crema f para la cara
face flannel N (Brit) → toallita f; (= glove) → manopla f (para lavarse la cara)
face mask N → mascarilla f (Cosmetics) = face pack face pack N → mascarilla f facial
face paint N pintura ornamental para la cara
face powder N → polvos mpl para la cara
face value N [of coin, stamp] → valor m nominal
to take sb at face value → juzgar a algn por las apariencias
I took his statement at (its) face value → tomé lo que dijo en sentido literal
to face out a crisis → hacer frente a una crisis
to be lying face down [person] → être étendu(e) à plat ventre
face to face adv [meet, speak] → face à face face-to-face
to show one's face → se montrer
to say sth to sb's face (in sb's presence) → dire qch à qn en face
Haven't you the courage to say it to his face? → N'avez-vous pas le courage de le lui dire en face?
They would never have dared say so to his face → Ils n'auraient jamais osé lui dire ça en face.
to blow up in sb's face (= backfire) → se retourner contre qn
to laugh in sb's face → rire au nez de qn
a puzzled face
He looked at her with a puzzled face → Il la regardait d'un air perplexe.
to have a long face (= look unhappy) → faire une tête de six pieds de long
to keep a straight face → garder son sérieux
to say sth with a straight face → dire qch en gardant son sérieux, dire qch en gardant son sérieux
to be written all over sb's face → se lire sur le visage de qn
to pull a face, to make a face (= look displeased) → faire la grimace (= look comical) → faire une grimace
to pull faces, to make faces → faire des grimaces
to pull faces at sb, to make faces at sb → faire des grimaces à qn
to change the face of sth → changer le visage de qch
the acceptable face of sth → la face acceptable de qch
on the face of it → à première vue
in the face of these difficulties → face à ces difficultés, devant ces difficultés (= despite) → en dépit de
to fly in the face of sth (= contradict completely) → défier qch
face down [card] → face en dessous
on the face of the earth (= in the whole world) → à la surface de la terre
to disappear from the face of the earth (= become extinct) [species, habitat] → disparaître de la surface du globe (fig) (= go missing) [person] → disparaître de la circulation
to be wiped off the face of the earth → être éliminé(e) de la surface du globe
rock face → paroi f rocheuse
We are faced with a serious problem → Nous sommes confrontés à un grave problème.
He faces life in prison if convicted → Il est passible de la prison à vie s'il est reconnu coupable.
to face facts → regarder la réalité en face
I can't face it → je n'en ai pas le courage
I can't face doing ...
I can't face seeing anyone → Je n'ai pas le courage de voir qui que ce soit.
let's face it → admettons-le
face down(wards) (person) → a faccia in giù, bocconi (object) → a faccia in giù (card) → coperto/a
face up(wards) (person, object) → a faccia in su (card) → scoperto/a
in the face of (difficulties) → di fronte a
to laugh in sb's face → ridere in faccia a qn
to look sb in the face → guardare qn in faccia
to say sth to sb's face → dire qc in faccia a qn
I told him to his face → gliel'ho detto in faccia
you can shout till you're black or blue in the face ... → puoi urlare fino a sgolarti...
don't show your face here again! → non farti più vedere qui!
it's vanished off the face of the earth → è sparito/a dalla faccia della terra
to have a good memory for faces → essere un(a) buon(a) fisionomista
to pull a long face → fare la faccia lunga, fare il muso
to keep a straight face → rimanere serio/a
to pull a face → fare una smorfia
to make or pull faces (at sb) → fare le boccacce (a qn)
his face fell (fig) → ha fatto una faccia!
on the face of it → a prima vista
they put a brave face on it → hanno fatto buon viso a cattivo gioco
to lose/save face → perdere/salvare la faccia
face the wall! → girati verso il muro!
to sit facing the engine (on train) → sedersi nella direzione della marcia
the picture facing page 20 → la figura a fianco di pagina 20
the difficulties facing us → i problemi che ci aspettano
I can't face him (ashamed) → non ho il coraggio di guardarlo in faccia (reluctant) → non ho nessuna voglia di vederlo
I can't face doing it → non ho nessuna voglia di farlo
to face the music (fig) → far fronte alla tempesta
to face facts → affrontare la realtà
to face the fact that ... → riconoscere or ammettere che...
we are faced with serious problems → ci troviamo di fronte a gravi problemi
let's face it! (fam) → diciamocelo chiaramente!
it faces east/towards the east → è esposto/a a/guarda verso est