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face-saver

face-sav·er
F f

Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys seyv]
    • /feɪs seɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys seyv]
    • /feɪs seɪv/

Definitions of face-saver word

  • noun face-saver something that saves one's prestige or dignity: Allow him the face-saver of resigning instead of being fired. 1
  • countable noun face-saver A face-saver is an action or excuse which prevents damage to your reputation or the loss of people's respect for you. 0
  • noun face-saver something that serves to maintain the dignity or prestige of someone or something 0

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Origin of face-saver

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
First recorded in 1940-45

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Face-saver

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

face-saver popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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