Face

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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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ENGLAND not only lost their backers a tidy sum in defeat to New Zealand in the fourth oneday international at The Oval yesterday but lost face, too in a thrilling and controversial contest.
"We lost incredible pride and lost face with our own fans and we've given two performances since that have been full of guts and character.
You lost face and you lost a bit of selfesteem but they can be rebuilt, Tina.