- 1 the front part of the head between the forehead and the chin a pretty/round/freckled face He buried his face in his hands. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her! The expression on his face never changed. At that time, her face was on the covers of all the magazines. See related entries: Body parts, Face expression
- 2 an expression that is shown on somebody’s face a sad/happy/smiling face Her face lit up (= showed happiness) when she spoke of the past. His face fell (= showed disappointment, sadness, etc.) when he read the headlines. Sue's face was a picture (= she looked very surprised, angry, etc.) as she listened to her husband's speech. see also game face Vocabulary BuildingExpressions on your face To beam is to have a big happy smile on your face. To frown is to make a serious, angry or worried expression by bringing your eyebrows closer together so that lines appear on your forehead. To glare or glower is to look in an angry, aggressive way. To grimace is to make an ugly expression with your face to show pain, disgust, etc. To scowl is to look at someone in an angry or annoyed way. To smirk is to smile in a silly or unpleasant way that shows that you are pleased with yourself, know something that other people do not know, etc. To sneer is to show that you have no respect for someone by turning your upper lip upwards.These words can also be used as nouns:She looked up with a puzzled frown. He gave me an icy glare. a grimace of pain -faced
- 3 (in adjectives) having the type of face or expression mentioned pale-faced grim-faced More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet. person
- 4 (in compounds) used to refer to a person of the type mentioned She looked around for a familiar face. a well-known face on our television screens It's nice to see some new faces here this evening. I'm fed up of seeing the same old faces every time we go out! side/surface
- 5 a side or surface of something the north face of the mountain The birds build their nests in the rock face. Ivy covered the front face of the house. How many faces does a cube have? see also coalface front of clock
- 6the front part of a clock or watch character/aspect
- 7face of something the particular character of something the changing face of Britain
- 8face of something a particular aspect of something the unacceptable face of capitalism see also in-your-face, typeface, volte-face Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin facies
- 1to be obvious or easy to see The answer was staring us in the face.
- 2to be certain to happen Defeat was staring them in the face.
- 1 (of a person) with your face and stomach facing upwards/downwards She lay face down on the bed.
- 2 with the front part or surface facing upwards/downwards Place the card face up on the pile.
- 1to fall so that you are lying on your front
- 2to fail completely, usually causing embarrassment His next television venture fell flat on its face.
- 1despite problems, difficulties, etc. She showed great courage in the face of danger. The campaign continued in the face of great opposition.
- 2as a result of something He was unable to deny the charges in the face of new evidence.
- 1to shut a door hard when somebody is trying to come in
- 2to refuse to talk to somebody or meet them, in a rude way
front of head
somebody looks very angry See related entries: Anger, Facial expressions close to and looking at somebody The two have never met face to face before. The room fell silent as she came face to face with the man who had tried to kill her. in a situation where you have to accept that something is true and deal with it She was at an early age brought face to face with the horrors of war.
very obvious to produce an expression on your face to show that you do not like somebody/something or in order to make somebody laugh What are you pulling a face at now? Do you think it’s funny to make faces behind my back? See related entries: Facial expressions (informal) to put on make-up to pretend that you feel confident and happy when you do not I had to put on a brave face and try to show him that I wasn’t worried. She put a brave face on her illness. to avoid or help somebody avoid embarrassment She was fired, but she saved face by telling everyone she'd resigned. (especially British English) to be determined to oppose somebody/something Her father had set his face against the marriage. to appear among your friends or in public She stayed at home, afraid to show her face.
to destroy or remove somebody/something completely