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

  • adj. Having a face that seems to exhibit honesty and sincerity.
  • adj. Having a side uncovered: an open-faced sandwich.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being a single slice of bread with a topping
  • adj. Having an honest and sincere expression


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  • Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal The open-faced turkey sandwich with lingonberries and a side of couscous is a popular lunch item at the Rail House 1449.

    Rahway Back on Track

  • Favorites at lunch, which began last month, include the poached-chicken apple salad ($13) and the open-faced turkey sandwich with ginger juice and Granny Smith apples on raisin-walnut bread ($10).

    Rahway Back on Track

  • The Royal Cafe A smushi small Danish open-faced sandwich at the Royal Caf├ę But we felt a touch of hygge at Torvehallerne, a glass-enclosed food market bustling with butchers, florists, bakers and spicemongers.

    Where Cold Is Cool

  • Best Use: Spread sardines and sauce onto thick slices of toasted bread and top with arugula for a hearty open-faced sandwich.

    Tin Tin!

  • Another alternative is to ask for the sandwich or burger open-faced.

    The Flex Diet

  • I based myself at Ibsen's, an art-filled eco-friendly hotel on fashionable Nansensgade, an easy walk from the city center and after viewing artwork at the National Gallery of Denmark, I lunched at Aamann's, specializing in a modern take on the traditional open-faced Danish sandwich called the smorrebrod.

    Jill Fergus: Copenhagen Dining Beyond Noma

  • It is usually accompanied by a hand movement -- I curl my left hand into a fist, and then slap the top of it with the heel of my open-faced right hand, and smush the two together ferociously.

    Brienne Walsh: Locking It Down: A Story of Modern Love

  • Zelophehad is having 5,000 friends over for wine and open-faced fish sandwiches.

    Carolyn Bucior: Teacher Absences: What Would Jesus Say?

  • Lunch: Reeses Peanut Butter Cup and Jelly Belly sandwich served open-faced on a Twix bar with a nice cold glass of Malted Milk Balls to wash it down.

    Lesley Stern: How to Live on $0 a Day: Making the Most of Your Halloween Harvest

  • The kitchen's also prepping a Dutch-heavy menu that's stocked with open-faced "smorrebrods" including a shaved turnip-topped chilled leg of lamb, and a pot of crisp fingerlings, bacon, apple, and "stroop syrup" called Hot Lightning, which is hotter than greased lightning, though likely as greasy.

    Thrillist: Vandaag: Northern European Eats


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