to one's face
phrasal in one's presence or so that one is fully aware of what is going on

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  • to one's face — {adv. phr.} Directly to you; in your presence. * /I told him to his face that I didn t like the idea./ * /I called him a coward to his face./ Compare: IN ONE S FACE. Contrast: BEHIND ONE S BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to one's face — {adv. phr.} Directly to you; in your presence. * /I told him to his face that I didn t like the idea./ * /I called him a coward to his face./ Compare: IN ONE S FACE. Contrast: BEHIND ONE S BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To one's beard — Beard Beard (b[=e]rd), n. [OE. berd, AS. beard; akin to Fries. berd, D. baard, G. bart, Lith. barzda, OSlav. brada, Pol. broda, Russ. boroda, L. barba, W. barf. Cf. 1st {Barb}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To straighten one's face — Straighten Straight en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Straighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straighting}.] 1. To make straight; to reduce from a crooked to a straight form. [1913 Webster] 2. To make right or correct; to reduce to order; as, to straighten one s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • to spite one's face — See: CUT OFF ONE S NOSE TO SPITE ONE S FACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to spite one's face — See: CUT OFF ONE S NOSE TO SPITE ONE S FACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in one's face — {adv. phr.} 1. Against your face. * /The trick cigar blew up in the clown s face./ * /A cold wind was in our faces as we walked to school./ 2. In front of you. * /The maid slammed the door in the salesman s face./ * /I told the boys that they… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in one's face — {adv. phr.} 1. Against your face. * /The trick cigar blew up in the clown s face./ * /A cold wind was in our faces as we walked to school./ 2. In front of you. * /The maid slammed the door in the salesman s face./ * /I told the boys that they… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hide one's face — or[hide one s head] {v. phr.} 1. To lower your head or turn your face away because of shame or embarrassment. * /The teacher found out that Tom had cheated, and Tom hid his head./ * /When Bob said how pretty Mary was, she blushed and hid her face …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hide one's face — or[hide one s head] {v. phr.} 1. To lower your head or turn your face away because of shame or embarrassment. * /The teacher found out that Tom had cheated, and Tom hid his head./ * /When Bob said how pretty Mary was, she blushed and hid her face …   Dictionary of American idioms

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