What does save face mean?

Definitions for save face

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  1. save face(Verb)

    To take an action or make a gesture intended to preserve one's reputation or honour.

  2. Origin: See lose face


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of save face in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of save face in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hikaru Sato:

    The best-case scenario for the market is that the BOJ decides to increase government debt purchases without cutting interest rates further into negative territory, but the BOJ can't save face if it does not cut rates into negative territory after it introduced the negative interest rate policy (in January), so we need to brace for such possibility, too.

  2. Marlene Dietrich:

    A new kind of award has been added -- the deathbed award. It is not an award of any kind. Either the recipient has not acted at all, or was not nominated, or did not win the award the last few times around. It is intended to relieve the guilty conscience of the Academy members and save face in front of the public. The Academy has the horrible taste to have a star, choking with emotion, present this deathbed award so that there can be no doubt in anybody's mind why the award is so hurriedly given. Lucky is the actor who is too sick to watch the proceedings on television.

Images & Illustrations of save face

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