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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.

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Visitors who are used to more directness must learn not to give straight refusals or a frank "no." Such a direct reply would cause the person who has made the request to lose face. It is best to give an answer that causes no embarrassment to either party.
Gazmin said that if China does something contrary to its pronouncements, ''they will lose face in the international community.''
As my husband says, it will be hard for my mother to lose face and re-create a relationship with me.
Sir Terry doesn't lose face and the context of Bulmore Farmhouse site is preserved.
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!
If the talks fail it will lose face. If they are cancelled at the last minute, the government will have to answer the question: why were they announced at all?
Causing employees to lose face. In Asia the loss of face, or esteem, is very serious.
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.
1, 2007, quoted as saying: "You will see a balancing act, with some quiet diplomacy and pressure on Sudan to implement UN resolutions on Darfur but without making Khartoum lose face".
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.