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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 three red chaps had fallen flat, face down on the shore, as though they had been shot dead.
Then Tarzan half rose and kneeled upon his victim's back, and when Rabba Kega struggled to arise, the ape-man pushed his face down into the dirt of the trail.
She reached both hands up to my cheeks, and drew my face down to hers till our lips met.
I heard my people say in my village that all the English were dead; but those that came, face down, with the current were NOT English, as my people saw.
He got his face down close to hers, with his ear to her mouth, and in the darkness he saw her eyes open and heard her say his name.
cried Pluto, bending his dark face down to kiss her; but Proserpina shrank away from the kiss, for, though his features were noble, they were very dusky and grim.
Ireland supports the measures France has tabled and it is now the collective duty of the Member States to take all reasonable steps necessary to face down this heinous threat and keep the people of Europe safe.
Staple gun STEP 1: Lay the pin board face down over your wadding and chosen fabric and cut around, leaving enough space either side to fold over your board.
Game 2: The 13 tri-cycles are mixed face down and the two players each draw six tokens at random leaving one token face down where its identity is never revealed.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust had the highest number of life-threatening face down restraint incidents in England at 923, while the average for England was just 65.
But mental health charity Mind is now calling on the Government and NHS England to put an end to face down restraint of people with mental health problems in healthcare settings and provide accredited training in managing violence for frontline healthcare staff.
That means that those of you who have become used to nodding off reading this column and finding themselves face down in their cornflakes at breakfast time on a Friday will have to get used to a whole new regime where you end up face down asleep in your cereal on a Wednesday morning instead.