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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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These bullies, these extremists howling for murder in the name of their religion, must be faced down.
During the protests, a female baby, wearing the same clothes with Aylan, was faced down also like Aylan to make the refugees voice heard.
On the other side was the curved red brick wall of the Cloth Hall which, no longer in use, faced down Cloth Hall Street.