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A straight face

  • one giving no evidence of merriment or other emotion.
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about-face

  • noun act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
    about turn.
  • noun a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
    about-face; policy change; reversal.
    • an about-face on foreign policy
  • verb turn, usually 180 degrees
  • verb change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
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Acception of persons or faces

  • (Eccl.), favoritism; partiality. Obs.
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apple-faced

Ap"ple-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a round, broad face, like an apple. "Apple-faced children." Dickens.
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automatic face recognition

  • noun biometric identification by scanning a person's face and matching it against a library of known faces
    automatic face recognition; facial recognition.
    • they used face recognition to spot known terrorists
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baby-faced

  • adjective satellite having a youthful-looking face
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bald-faced

  • adjective satellite (of animals) having white markings on the face
  • adjective satellite unrestrained by convention or propriety
    brassy; insolent; bodacious; audacious; brazen; bald-faced; barefaced.
    • an audacious trick to pull
    • a barefaced hypocrite
    • the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim"- Los Angeles Times
    • bald-faced lies
    • brazen arrogance
    • the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress"- Bertrand Russell
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Bald"-faced` adjective
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  1. Having a white face or a white mark on the face, as a stag.
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Bald-faced, ∨ Green-headed

  • widgeon, the American widgeon.
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bald-faced hornet

  • noun North American hornet
    bald-faced hornet; Vespula maculata.
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bell-faced

Bell"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having the striking surface convex; -- said of hammers.
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black-faced

Black"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a black, dark, or gloomy face or aspect.
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bold face

  • noun a typeface with thick heavy lines
    boldface; bold.
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bold-faced

Bold"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Somewhat impudent; lacking modesty; as, a bold-faced woman.
    I have seen enough to confute all the bold-faced atheists of this age. Bramhall.
  2. (Print.) Having a conspicuous or heavy face. This line is bold-faced nonpareil.
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brazen-faced

  • adjective satellite unrestrained by convention or propriety
    brassy; insolent; bodacious; audacious; brazen; bald-faced; barefaced.
    • an audacious trick to pull
    • a barefaced hypocrite
    • the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim"- Los Angeles Times
    • bald-faced lies
    • brazen arrogance
    • the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress"- Bertrand Russell
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chub-faced

Chub"-faced` adjective
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  1. Having a plump, short face.
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clock face

  • noun the face of a clock showing hours and minutes of the day
    clock dial.
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copper-faced

Cop"per-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Faced or covered with copper; as, copper-faced type.
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cream-faced

Cream"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. White or pale, as the effect of fear, or as the natural complexion.
    Thou cream-faced loon. Shak.
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Cylinder face

  • (Steam Engine), the flat part of a steam cylinder on which a slide valve moves.
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dirty-faced

  • adjective satellite having a dirty face
    • a crowd of dirty-faced ragamuffins surrounded him
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dog-faced

Dog"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a face resembling that of a dog.
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Dog-faced baboon

  • (Zoöl.), any baboon of the genus Cynocephalus. See Drill.
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double-faced

  • adjective satellite (of fabrics) having faces on both sides
    • damask is a double-faced fabric
  • adjective satellite marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
    double-dealing; duplicitous; deceitful; double-faced; Janus-faced; ambidextrous; double-tongued.
    • she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill
    • a double-dealing double agent
    • a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray
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Dou"ble-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having two faces designed for use; as, a double-faced hammer.
  2. Deceitful; hypocritical; treacherous. Milton.
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dough-faced

Dough"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Easily molded; pliable.
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Face ague

  • (Med.), a form of neuralgia, characterized by acute lancinating pains returning at intervals, and by twinges in certain parts of the face, producing convulsive twitches in the corresponding muscles; called also tic douloureux.
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face angle

  • noun the angle formed by two edges of a polyhedral angle
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Face card

  • noun one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face
    court card; picture card.
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  • one of a pack of playing cards on which a human face is represented; the king, queen, or jack.
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Face cloth

  • noun bath linen consisting of a piece of cloth used to wash the face and body
    washcloth; washrag; flannel.
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  • a cloth laid over the face of a corpse.
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face cream

  • noun a cream used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin
    vanishing cream; cold cream; coldcream.
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face fungus

  • noun the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
    whiskers; beard.
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Face guard

  • noun face mask consisting of a strong wire mesh on the front of football helmets
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  • a mask with windows for the eyes, worn by workman exposed to great heat, or to flying particles of metal, stone, etc., as in glass works, foundries, etc.
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Face hammer

  • a hammer having a flat face.
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Face joint

  • (Arch.), a joint in the face of a wall or other structure.
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face lift

  • noun plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised
    face lift; nip and tuck; lift; rhytidectomy; rhytidoplasty; facelift; cosmetic surgery.
    • some actresses have more than one face lift
  • noun a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes
    face lift; facelift.
    • give your home a facelift
    • more than a facelift, the new model marks a fundamental change of direction
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face lifting

  • noun a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes
    face lift; facelift.
    • give your home a facelift
    • more than a facelift, the new model marks a fundamental change of direction
  • noun plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised
    face lift; nip and tuck; lift; rhytidectomy; rhytidoplasty; facelift; cosmetic surgery.
    • some actresses have more than one face lift
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face mask

  • noun mask that provides a protective covering for the face in such sports as baseball or football or hockey
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Face mite

  • (Zoöll.), a small, elongated mite (Demdex folliculorum), parasitic in the hair follicles of the face.
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Face mold

  • the templet or pattern by which carpenters, ect., outline the forms which are to be cut out from boards, sheet metal, ect.
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Face of a watch, clock, compass, card etc.

  • the dial or graduated surface on which a pointer indicates the time of day, point of the compass, etc.
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Face of a bastion

  • (Fort.), the part between the salient and the shoulder angle.
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Face of a gun

  • the surface of metal at the muzzle.
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Face of a place

  • (Fort.), the front comprehended between the flanked angles of two neighboring bastions. Wilhelm.
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Face of a square

  • (Mil.), one of the sides of a battalion when formed in a square.
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Face of an anvil

  • its flat upper surface.
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Face of coal

  • (Mining), the principal cleavage plane, at right angles to the stratification.
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face off

  • verb start a game by a face-off
    bully off.
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face pack

  • noun a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
    pack.
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Face plate

  • . (a) (Turning) A plate attached to the spindle of a lathe, to which the work to be turned may be attached. (b) A covering plate for an object, to receive wear or shock. (c) A true plane for testing a dressed surface. Knight.
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face powder

  • noun cosmetic powder for the face
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face recognition

  • noun biometric identification by scanning a person's face and matching it against a library of known faces
    automatic face recognition; facial recognition.
    • they used face recognition to spot known terrorists
  • noun the visual perception of familiar faces
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face saver

  • noun an act that avoids a loss of face (of dignity or prestige)
    face saver.
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face saving

  • noun an act that avoids a loss of face (of dignity or prestige)
    face saver.
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face soap

  • noun soap used as a toiletry
    toilet soap; bath soap.
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face the music

  • verb accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
    carry-the can.
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face time

  • noun work time spent at the location of or in the presence of other people
    • instead of working on the problem at home he devoted face time to it at the office
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Face to face

  • adverb involving close contact; confronting each other
    • the boy and the policeman suddenly came face-to-face at the corner
    • they spoke face to face
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  • . (a) In the presence of each other; as, to bring the accuser and the accused face to face. (b) Without the interposition of any body or substance. "Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face." 1 Cor. xiii. 12. (c) With the faces or finished surfaces turned inward or toward one another; vis à vis; opposed to back to back.
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face towel

  • noun a small towel used to dry the hands or face
    hand towel.
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face up

  • verb deal with (something unpleasant) head on
    confront; face.
    • You must confront your problems
    • He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes
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face value

  • noun the value of a security that is set by the company issuing it; unrelated to market value
    par value; nominal value.
  • noun the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth
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face veil

  • noun a piece of more-or-less transparent material that covers the face
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Face wheel

  • . (Mach.) (a) A crown wheel. (b) A Wheel whose disk face is adapted for grinding and polishing; a lap.
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face-amount certificate company

  • noun a regulated investment company that pays a stated amount to certificate holders on a stated maturity date
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face-harden

  • verb harden steel by adding carbon
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face-lift

  • verb perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
    lift.
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face-off

  • noun a hostile disagreement face-to-face
    showdown; confrontation; encounter.
  • noun (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players
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face-saving

  • adjective satellite maintaining dignity or prestige
    • a face-saving compromise
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face-to-face

  • adjective satellite in each other's presence
    • a face-to-face encounter
  • adverb within each other's presence
    • she met the president face-to-face
  • adverb directly facing each other
    opposite.
    • the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table
    • lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street
    • they sat opposite at the table
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facing pages

  • noun two facing pages of a book or other publication
    spread; spread head; spreadhead.
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false face

  • noun a mask worn as part of a masquerade costume
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false-faced

False"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Hypocritical. Shak.
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fiber-faced

Fi"ber-faced`, Fi"bre-faced` adjective (Also<
  • Fiber-faced
  • Fibre-faced
)
Definitions
  1. Having a visible fiber embodied in the surface of; -- applied esp. to a kind of paper for checks, drafts, etc.
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Fleeten face

  • a face of the color of fleeten, i. e., blanched; hence, a coward. "You know where you are, you fleeten face."
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fly in the face of

  • verb go against
    fly in the teeth of.
    • This action flies in the face of the agreement
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full-face

  • adjective satellite looking forward
    guardant; gardant.
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glass-faced

Glass"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Mirror-faced; reflecting the sentiments of another. R. "The glass-faced flatterer." Shak.
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half-faced

Half"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Showing only part of the face; wretched looking; meager. Shak.
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Hatchet face

  • a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a hatchet ; hence:
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Hatchet-faced

  • sharp-visaged. Dryden.
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Hippocratic face

  • L. facies Hippocratica, the change produced in the countenance by death, or long sickness, excessive evacuations, excessive hunger, and the like. The nose is pinched, the eyes are sunk, the temples hollow, the ears cold and retracted, the skin of the forehead tense and dry, the complexion livid, the lips pendent, relaxed, and cold; so called, as having been described by Hippocrates. Dunglison.
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human face

  • noun the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
    face.
    • he washed his face
    • I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news
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in-your-face

  • adjective satellite blatantly aggressive
    • on-line hard-boiled in-your-face pornography
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janus-faced

  • adjective satellite having or concerned with polarities or contrasts
    • a Janus-faced view of history
    • a Janus-faced policy
  • adjective satellite marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
    double-dealing; duplicitous; deceitful; double-faced; Janus-faced; ambidextrous; double-tongued.
    • she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill
    • a double-dealing double agent
    • a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray
  • adjective satellite having two faces--one looking to the future and one to the past
    Janus-faced.
    • Janus the two-faced god
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Ja"nus-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Double-faced; deceitful. Knight.
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Janus-faced lock

  • one having duplicate faces so as to go upon a right or a left hand door, the key entering on either side indifferently.
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lean-faced

Lean"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a thin face.
  2. (Typog.) slender or narrow; -- said of type the letters of which have thin lines, or are unusually narrow in proportion to their height. W. Savage.
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long-faced

  • adjective satellite having a face longer than the usual
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make a face

  • verb contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
    make a face; grimace.
    • He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do
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Moon face

  • a round face like a full moon.
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moon-faced

  • adjective satellite having a round face
    moon-faced.
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Moon"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a round, full face.
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mulberry-faced

Mul"ber*ry-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a face of a mulberry color, or blotched as if with mulberry stains.
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on the face of it

  • adverb from appearances alone
    ostensibly; apparently; seemingly.
    • irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land
    • the child is seemingly healthy but the doctor is concerned
    • had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it"-Thomas Hardy
    • on the face of it the problem seems minor
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open-face sandwich

  • noun sandwich without a covering slice of bread
    open sandwich.
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pale-faced

  • adjective satellite having a pale face
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pitch-faced

Pitch"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Stone Cutting) Having the arris defined by a line beyond which the rock is cut away, so as to give nearly true edges; -- said of squared stones that are otherwise quarry-faced.
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platter-faced

Plat"ter-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a broad, flat face.
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po-faced

  • adjective satellite humorless and disapproving
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poker face

  • noun a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)
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poker-faced

  • adjective satellite deliberately impassive in manner
    deadpan; unexpressive; impassive; expressionless.
    • deadpan humor
    • his face remained expressionless as the verdict was read
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pudding face

  • noun a large fat human face
    pudding face.
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pudding-face

  • noun a large fat human face
    pudding face.
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pug-faced

  • adjective satellite having the flat wrinkled face of a pug dog
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Pug"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a face like a monkey or a pug; monkey-faced.
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pull a face

  • verb contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
    make a face; grimace.
    • He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do
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putty-faced

Put"ty-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. White-faced; -- used contemptuously. Clarke.
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quarry-faced

Quar"ry-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Stone Masonry) Having a face left as it comes from the quarry and not smoothed with the chisel or point; -- said of stones.
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Quarter face

  • in fine arts, portrait painting, etc., a face turned away so that but one quarter is visible.
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rain-in-the-face

  • noun a chief of the Sioux; he was with Sitting Bull and others at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876) when General Custer's troops were massacred (1835-1905)
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red-faced

  • adjective satellite (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion
    crimson; flushed; reddened; red.
    • crimson with fury
    • turned red from exertion
    • with puffy reddened eyes
    • red-faced and violent
    • flushed (or crimson) with embarrassment
  • adjective satellite having a red face from embarrassment or shame or agitation or emotional upset
    blushing; blushful.
    • the blushing boy was brought before the Principal
    • her blushful beau
    • was red-faced with anger
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round-faced

  • adjective satellite having a round face
    moon-faced.
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sad-faced

  • adjective satellite having a face with a sad expression
    • the sad-faced clown
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Sea-coal facing

  • (Founding), facing consisting of pulverized bituminous coal.
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sheep-faced

Sheep"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Over-bashful; sheepish.
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smock-faced

Smock"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a feminine countenance or complexion; smooth-faced; girlish. Fenton.
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smooth-faced

  • adjective satellite lacking hair on the face
    beardless.
    • a smooth-faced boy of 14 years
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stone facing

  • noun a facing (usually masonry) that supports an embankment
    revetment; revetement.
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stone life face

  • noun any plant of the genus Lithops native to Africa having solitary yellow or white flowers and thick leaves that resemble stones
    living stone; stoneface; lithops; stone plant; flowering stone; stone life face.
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stone-face

  • noun any plant of the genus Lithops native to Africa having solitary yellow or white flowers and thick leaves that resemble stones
    living stone; stoneface; lithops; stone plant; flowering stone; stone life face.
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straight face

  • noun a serious facial expression giving no evidence of interest or amusement
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sweet-faced

  • adjective satellite having a pleasing face or one showing a sweet disposition
    • a sweet-faced child
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tallow-face

Tal"low-face` noun
Definitions
  1. One who has a sickly, pale complexion. Shak.
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tallow-faced

Tal"low-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a sickly complexion; pale. Burton.
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To face (a thing) out

  • to persist boldly or impudently in an assertion or in a line of conduct. "That thinks with oaths to face the matter out." Shak
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To face down

  • to put down by bold or impudent opposition. "He faced men down." Prior.
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To face the music

  • to meet any disagreeable necessity without flinching. Colloq. or Slang
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To fly in the face of

  • to defy; to brave; to withstand.
  • to insult; to assail; to set at defiance; to oppose with violence; to act in direct opposition to; to resist.
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To hide the face

  • to withdraw favor. "Thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled." Ps. xxx. 7.
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To hide the face from

  • . (a) To overlook; to pardon. "Hide thy face from my sins." Ps. li. 9. (b) To withdraw favor from; to be displeased with.
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To look in the face

  • to face or meet with boldness or confidence; hence, sometimes, to meet for combat.
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To make, ∨ cause, the face to shine upon

  • to be propitious to; to be gracious to.
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To make a face

  • to distort the countenance; to make a grimace. Shak.
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To make up a face

  • to distort the face as an expression of pain or derision.
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To stare in the face

  • to be before the eyes, or to be undeniably evident. "The law . . . stares them in the face whilst they are breaking it." Locke.
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To straighten one's face

  • to cease laughing or smiling, etc., and compose one's features.
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To the face

  • in front of; in behind; hence, in the presence of.
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two-faced

  • adjective satellite marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
    double-dealing; duplicitous; deceitful; double-faced; Janus-faced; ambidextrous; double-tongued.
    • she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill
    • a double-dealing double agent
    • a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray
  • adjective satellite having two faces--one looking to the future and one to the past
    Janus-faced.
    • Janus the two-faced god
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Valve face

  • (Mach.), that part of the surface of a valve which comes in contact with the valve seat.
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volte-face

  • noun a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
    about-face; policy change; reversal.
    • an about-face on foreign policy
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weasel-faced

Wea"sel-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a thin, sharp face, like a weasel.
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whey-faced

Whey"-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a pale or white face, as from fright. "Whey-faced cavaliers." Aytoun.
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white-face

White"-face` noun
Definitions
  1. A white mark in the forehead of a horse, descending almost to the nose; -- called also white-blaze.
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white-faced hornet

  • noun North American hornet
    bald-faced hornet; Vespula maculata.
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wizen-faced

Wiz"en-faced` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a shriveled, thin, withered face.
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Wry face

  • noun a disdainful grimace
    pout; moue.
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  • a distortion of the countenance indicating impatience, disgust, or discomfort; a grimace.
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