face saving

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n face saving an act that avoids a loss of face (of dignity or prestige)
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Quotations

  • Ethel Lynn Beers
    Ethel Lynn Beers
    “All quiet along the Potomac to-night, no sound save the rush of the river, while soft falls the dew on the face of the dead, the picket's off duty forever.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it.”

Idioms

Save face - If someone saves face, they manage to protect their reputation.
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Usage

In literature:

Darius, having saved his face, hurried into the house, and Edwin moved down the garden, with heart sensibly beating.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
And he could reach it and bury his face in the gushing flood, he could save everybody who lay dying there.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
Though they were saved from the suffering which thirst would have caused them, hunger stared them in the face.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Eager faces peered down into her to ascertain if the lads had been saved.
"The Young Rajah" by W.H.G. Kingston
His smug face must be saved.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Every expression, save that of deep anxiety, vanished from Mr Blurt's face.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
The curtains of her little bed saved her face.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Shall you ever forgot his face when he realized that he was saved?
"Afterwards" by Kathlyn Rhodes
Then the change was so awful, none could be like it, save that left by death on the human face.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
He was facing death to save others and to defeat an attempted horror.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
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In poetry:

My mother's eyes are glory-filled,
Save when they fall on me;
The shining of my father's face
I tremble when I see.
"Out Of Babylon" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
He is so old and sits so still,
With face so weak and mild,
We know that he remembers naught
Save when he was a child.
"The Morning Hills" by Maurice Thompson
To guess from the insulted face
Just what Appearances He saves
By suffering in a public place
A death reserved for slaves.
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden
Her crew lean forth by the rotting shrouds,
With the Judgment in their face;
And to their mates' 'God save you!'
Have never a word of grace.
"The Nancy's Pride" by Bliss William Carman
Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace
Shines through the beauties of thy face,
And lights our passions to a flame!
Lord, how we love thy charming name!
"Hymn 16 Part 2" by Isaac Watts
The deep, dark, cold, remorseless grave
Has closed o'er lovely Jennie's face,
No art, nor skill, nor prayers could save
Her from its terrible embrace.
"Written On The Death of Jane Flounders" by David John Scott

In news:

EL PASO — Former El Paso Mayor Ray Salazar faced a big blow in his efforts to save City Hall.
"The OLCC listened carefully and then decided in Casa Diablo 's favor with some face-saving restrictions," he wrote.
Should the US Help Iran Save Face on Its Nuclear Program.
Faced with a growing number of federal offices that have embraced a bring-your-own device policy as a way of saving money, Heins said he's determined to keep their business.
He faced Sandy to help save an aquarium.
Puppy facing death is saved.
This is where you'll have to adopt an aggressive approach, because the biggest problem that many women face in retirement is not having saved enough.
It's easy to take Hoot at face value, as a family-friendly tale of teen environmentalists fighting greedy land developers to save endangered owls.
Face-saving window opens for NDP on Hydro .
Save it for a natural disaster, which we are facing now because of a poor crop this season.
Mohammad Ali Jawad on "Saving Face".
Matthew McCormick held on to the shutout by making 14 saves, which was enough to move the Braves forward to face No.13 seed Cherry Hill East in the semifinals.
Florida hasn't been called yet, but with Obama leading, Scarborough has made a deal to save his face.
Read "Can Seattle Scientists Save Orcas from Extinction" for more background on this story and for information on the surprising threats orcas face in local waters.
I've heard such great things about Creme de La Mer, so I saved up and bought it — and now I have a face full of zits.
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In science:

Bits are saved only when the detector correctly predicts that the face-based encoder can be used to save bits for the subwindow. A false negative is a missed opportunity, while a false positive incurs a cost related to the inappropriate use of the face model to encode a subwindow.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The tensor network operators describe (colored) polytopes in D dimensions obtained by gluing simplices along all save one of their faces around a point (dual to the bubble B).
A generalization of the Virasoro algebra to arbitrary dimensions
Since the computation of each surface flux refers to data from two opposite element faces, there is definite savings potential if data for a number of such faces is brought onto the chip at the same time and reused.
High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods by GPU Metaprogramming
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