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Face

The external appearance or surface of anything; that which is readily observable by a spectator. The words contained in a document in their plain or obvious meaning without regard to external evidence or facts.

The term is applied most frequently in business law to mean the apparent meaning of a contract, paper, bill, bond, record, or other such legal document. A document might appear to be valid on its face, but circumstances may modify or explain it, and its meaning or validity can be altered.

See: appearance, confront, endure, look, suffer, withstand
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The guides instructed us to keep our faces down and arms outstretched at all times in order to avoid obstacles.
Jack's father faces down his accuser and restores Jack's faith in him.
Her lessons as a Djinn lead to many frightening encounters--and eventual entrapment--as she feistily faces down dangers with a spirited character keeping Heat Stroke vivid.