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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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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.
Another would-be bronco buster, who had scrambled back to safety after his ride bucked in the chute, saved face by giving the delighted audience an elaborate curtsy and bow that would have been the envy of any Busby Berkeley dancer.