from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that prevents loss of dignity or self-esteem: The compromise was a face-saver for all concerned.


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  • By refusing to negotiate a face-saver, the Democrats blew it, in Mickey's eyes:

    No retreat for Gov. Scott Walker

  • He implacably refused to take part in the opening ceremony his Faust was not suitable, so the objection to the new theatre proved an invaluable face-saver.

    A stage of her own: Elisabeth Scott and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

  • The ruling Congress party is keen to push through the food security law, which it sees as a face-saver after being battered by corruption charges.

    India Minister: Tough To Implement Food Security Law

  • The universal tendency to see paternal resemblance in the baby is a lifesaver for infants because it's a face-saver for men in the event that they aren't really the father.

    The Plight of the Pregnant Man

  • But the plan to highjack the actual UN negotiations, where every word is debated tediously, by bringing in heads of states to come up with a last minute half-deal, which could also be a face-saver for host Mexico, has not gone down well with India.

    Cancún climate summit - opening day live coverage

  • Clearly Mamata is looking for a face-saver knowing very well that if Tata Motors had to leave Bengal, all her electoral gains in recent polls would go ashtray and the Bengali Middle Class - which is the chief motivating force in Bengal politics - would hold her perpetually responsible for Industrial failure in Bengal.

    Mamata Banerjee Reverses Gear on Tata Motors After Life Threat

  • "If they want to pursue our offers to negotiate, they now have the perfect face-saver," said a U.S. official.

    Bush Engages Foreign Foes

  • But, having raised the temperature on the rebate, he can then offer Blair a face-saver.

    It's not rocket science

  • As a face-saver the telephone call was misconceived, for a little note from Lucy was already in the post for me.

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  • Briefing journalists and diplomats, Mr Sparks said an impartial international monitoring team would be a face-saver for the South African parties in resumed negotiations.

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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