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If the word “face” refers to how we would like others to see us, then the meaning of today's expressions is as plain as ... well, as the nose on your face!

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LOSE FACE / SAVE FACE   面目を失う/面目を保つ


  • Something causes you to lose face if people respect you less because of it.

    To save face is to avoid losing face.
  • lose face は、ある事が原因で、以前よりも敬意を払われなくなる、つまり、面目を失う、という意味です。

    save face は、面目を失う事態を避ける、という意味です。
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  1. If I miss another deadline, I'm really going to lose face with my supervisor.
  2. By delaying the start of the recall and risking lives in the process, the manufacturer lost face with the public.
  3. Soon after the scandal became headline news, five executives agreed to resign in order to save face for the company.

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