Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

save face

save face
1) avoid embarrassment or loss of respect
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    • lie in order to save face
  • Analysis

    To save face literally means to avoid humiliating or to keep a good reputation in the minds of others. When you are trying to 'save face' you are aiming to preserve your integrity or avoid shame or embarrassment. 

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I have no idea whether David's account of events is accurate or not. He seems more interested in saving face than telling the truth.
    2. I made a huge mistake yesterday. It's going to take a lot of making up to save face.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. After a lot of back and forth, a compromise was found that allowed both sides involved in the industrial dispute to save face.
    2. The boss claimed that Claire leaving the company was agreed mutually in order to let her save face, but everyone knew she had been fired.
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