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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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Outlaw danced, made faces and at one point pretended to be seriously injured.
A manager so lacking in the respect of his players, that some openly made faces at him behind his back.
A couple of the young Marines looked at each other and made faces.