Such a direct reply would cause the person who has made the request to lose face
Just think, to lose face
with all your mates, lose all your business contacts and not have a phone glued to your hand, sheer hell
Not only did the employees lose face
through this behavior, Bill himself lost face in the eyes of his employees.
By trading accusations in public, the whole community is getting tarnished and will lose respect in the eyes of employers, who hire Indians and also lose face
among the many nationalities that live in Bahrain.
Only the Government can't lose face
by calling it a C any more.
It is therefore important that Westerners do not inadvertently cause Chinese contacts to lose face
as this could ruin future business prospects.
But McClaren fears that he would lose face
, having taken such a monumental decision to leave Beckham out after last summer's World Cup.
In the image-conscious Hollywood world, no one wants to lose face
and admit not knowing someone famous or powerful.
Middle Eastern tradition also frowns upon public confrontations where one side may lose face
, and so problem resolution is obscured rather than dealt with.
George Burley left as he did not want to lose face
but that was a big shock for the players