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- adj. That prevents loss of face and maintains one's dignity or prestige
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Medvedev signed a decree relieving the 74-year-old Yuri Luzhkov of his duties due to a "loss of confidence" in him after Luzhkov openly defied the Kremlin and rejected a facesaving offer to resign after 18 years on the job.
The facesaving device will be Hillary exclaiming (with wide-eyed enthusiasm and exaggerated head nodding) that she was able to accomplish her goal - she got the delegations from FL and MI seated at the Convention.
If Al G was correct yesterday, this is a facesaving statement by Clinton.
"There would be no reward" for pushing the Mideast to the brink of war, one senior official told NEWSWEEK but "Saddam does have a facesaving way out should he choose it."
In a memo that became public last spring, U.S. negotiator Peter Murphy said a "facesaving device" was required to get Canada to sign an agreement.