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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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Sullivan landed on his feet and saved face somewhat by luring Alex McLeish to Blues.
Continued coverage of the second day of the Fifth Test at the SCG in Sydney, a ground where England saved face four years ago, claiming the final match of the series to avoid a whitewash.
In reply to the Aussies' 381 Pakistan, who have not beaten Australia in a Test since December 1995, crumbled and only a fifth wicket stand of 48 between Younis (42) and Abdu Razzaq (21) saved face.