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face-saving

face-sav·ing
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feys sey-ving]
    • /feɪs ˈseɪ vɪŋ/
    • /feɪs ˈseɪvɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys sey-ving]
    • /feɪs ˈseɪ vɪŋ/

Definitions of face-saving word

  • noun face-saving something that saves one's prestige or dignity: Allow him the face-saver of resigning instead of being fired. 1
  • adjective face-saving A face-saving action is one which prevents damage to your reputation or the loss of people's respect for you. 0
  • adjective face-saving maintaining dignity or prestige 0
  • adjective face-saving preserving or intended to preserve one's dignity, self-respect, or good reputation 0
  • adjective face-saving Alternative spelling of facesaving. 0

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Origin of face-saving

First appearance:

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

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Parts of speech for Face-saving

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

face-saving 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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