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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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Palms facing down, place fingers under the seated person's armpits and knees.
Rotate the spool until the check/fill plug is facing down.
Fonda, a disenchanted former sheriff, is first amused and then intrigued by the young Perkins' eagerness to grow into his new job, and offers his protege advice and directions on everything from handling firearms to facing down an angry mob.