Definitions

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

  • n. A protective or disguising cover for the face, often enveloping the entire head: wore a facemask while diving; a skier's facemask; armed robbers who wore facemasks.

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  • n. a cover used to protect or disguise the face

Etymologies

face +‎ mask (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was really upset that the officials didn't call the facemask penalty he had a point—it was blatant.

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  • Helmet had a sticker with 00308 on it, and attached to the facemask was a tag saying model # RWG.

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  • The Huskers were livid when officials didn't call a facemask penalty that would have kept alive a late possession.

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  • A postgame theme centered on a passing torch from red to purple, but the Huskers, angered when officials didn't call a facemask penalty that would have kept alive a late

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  • Replays showed Adams 'hand hit Rodgers in the facemask, though it was less clear whether he pulled or twisted Rodgers' facemask, which is necessary for a penalty.

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  • Conference on Monday suspended an official for not calling a facemask penalty against the two-time All-American.

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  • Pacific 10 Conference suspends an official for not calling a facemask penalty on the Trojans safety in a play against Oregon State.

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  • I think punching a guy in the facemask is the dumbest thing ever.

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  • It is also known as a Delaire "facemask"; you can see why.

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  • Because Danley opts to wear the kind of facemask used by hockey goalies, his equipment choice likely spared him a lengthy stay in a hospital.

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