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Definition of face-saving adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

face-saving

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪs seɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪs seɪvɪŋ//
 
[only before noun]
 
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intended to protect somebody’s reputation and to avoid embarrassment a face-saving compromise
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: face-saving