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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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Lady Thatcher (crowned Tory leader 25 years ago last Friday) hated beards and in the current Cabinet Peter Mandelson, Geoff Hoon, Alistair Darling and Stephen Byers all shaved off face fungus.
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And that was how I found myself standing on the edge of Table Mountain, attached to ropes preparing myself to jump off face first.
The large numbers who are being laid off face the necessity of competing in an increasingly crowded and competitive job market.