from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The face or visage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. The face or visage.

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  • noun obsolete, colloquial The face.

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  • noun English illustrator of several of Dickens' novels (1815-1882)
  • noun the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)


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Short for physiognomy.



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  • phiz just face it

    January 12, 2007

  • "He added that he was thinking of Mrs Pullings, of Mrs Captain Pullings, and what she would say to an income of sixteen guineas a month. Sixteen beautiful guineas a lunar month!

    "'What she will say to your poor phiz is more to the point,' said Jack to himself... A very ugly wound indeed: he had rarely seen an uglier. Yet Stephan Maturin assured him that the great gash would heal and that the eye was in no danger..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 32

    February 15, 2008

  • Archaic Britishism for face.

    August 20, 2008

  • Citation on innkeeper.

    November 14, 2008