face-saving

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj face-saving maintaining dignity or prestige "a face-saving compromise"
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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:

Yes, I have saved her,' said Fakredeen, burying his face in the pillow, exhausted by emotion.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Tinker squatted upon the ice, and the other dogs followed his example, save Sampson, who faced about at Toby, snarling and showing his fangs.
"Left on the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
He looked like a young lawyer, with his lean, dark face, smoothly shaven save for a little tuft on either cheek.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Save for the eyes, the face had a certain poetic beauty due to its fine modeling and its savage intensity.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Yet a shadow so slight as to be hardly noticeable crossed his face, which no one save the lynx-eyed Elfreda saw, who made mental note of it.
"Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
But she saw in his scared face that he would tell any lie that would save him from the consequences of his recklessness.
"A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire" by Jane L. Stewart
Fleet and army perished from the face of the earth; nothing was saved, and of the many who went forth few returned home.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece" by Various
He might have been anything, save that just now the tan on his face witnessed to an out-of-door life.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
It is I, and you, gentlemen, who are facing the problem of saving this nation.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
They saved our eyes and faces from the thorny claws of the acacia and mezquite.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
She had never seen him face to face before, but now, so beholding him, she knew that she was saved.
"Browning's Heroines" by Ethel Colburn Mayne
She'd already licked us to a standstill there in my office, and we were jest tryin' to save our faces.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
My wantchee save face!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 28, 1914" by Various
The soldiers, as usual, stood with impassive faces; the affair was none of theirs, save so far as obeying orders went.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
Thus, saved by Hope, the Titan and the woman faced the future, and for them the vengeance of the gods was stayed.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
I was considering ignominious surrender when Miss Wallace saved my face.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
His face was pale save for two burning spots upon his hollow cheeks.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
But the face of the candidate expressed nothing save gravity and attention.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
It thrilled the blood of red men and white, all save Timmendiquas, who sat, face and figure alike unmoving.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Now that was over, and he had done his duty, the other problem faced him: how could he save his son?
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
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In poetry:

She danced, near nude, to tom-tom beat,
With swaying arms and flying feet,
'Mid swirling spangles, gauze and lace,
Her all was dancing--save her face.
"Zalka Peetruza" by Raymond Garfield Dandridge
The o'erwhelming power of saving grace,
The sight that veils the seraph's face;
The speechless awe that dares not move,
And all the silent heaven of love.
"Sinners, Obey the Gospel-Word!" by Charles Wesley
God, by our memories of his Mother's face,
By the love that makes our heart her dwelling-place,
Grant to our sorrow this desired grace:
God save the King!
"A Prayer For The King's Majesty" by Edith Nesbit
For truth and brotherhood all face the foe;
Themselves they cannot save, but others may.
But, live or die, they hope to win the day.
To sacrifice they go!
"England's Brave Sons" by Joseph Horatio Chant
He gazed across to the good Green Howe
As he smelt the sun-warmed sward;
Then his face grew pale from chin to brow,
And he cried, “God save the sword!”
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
There are fountains so deep in some human lives
That from them no draught can be drawn,
Save the perfect mirage the face ever gives
Of the soul when reflections dawn.
"An Open Book" by Jared Barhite

In news:

With state schools facing ruin from the Legi-slature's upcoming budget cuts, it helps to remember that Texas liberals have a history of saving the bacon of public education.
A Pennsylvania woman faces charges after she attempted to jump into a raging river to save wild duck s on Monday.
A Pennsylvania woman faces charges after she attempted to jump into a raging river to save wild ducks on Monday.
Willie Mays may be forever enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but as the new face of Encinitas' "Save the Ocean" campaign, he didn't last long.
Air India Looks To Save Face and Cash after 787 Delivery Cancellation.
He faced Sandy to help save an aquarium .
Landmarks officials set to save Gold Coast building faced with demolition.
(AP) — Oregon lawmakers who want to lower the costs of pension benefits for government employees face a difficult dance to craft changes that produce meaningful savings without reneging on iron-clad promises made to workers in years past.
The team of doctors who have been working to save the life of Ronald Poppo, the man whose face was chewed off by a ravenous man in Miami, released a photo of him after a series of skin graft surgeries.
Jessica Alba Saves Woman's Face.
PR Debacle In North Carolina As Duke Energy's Rogers Grasps At Straws to Save Face.
MAS Wants 17 Buildings Saved in Face of Bloomberg's Big Rezoning.
Last year, "Saving Face," won the Oscar for documentary short.
While those savings will be unlikely to fill the $31 billion hole the Spanish energy sector currently faces, the Rajoy government hopes that it will at least stop it from growing, allowing for a bit more control of the situation.
Smart Ways To Save Face.
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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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