Definition of "face-saving" []

  • Maintaining dignity or prestige (adjective)
  • Alternative spelling of facesaving. (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016 : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "face-saving" in a sentence
  • "More than a month after the face-saving July agreement that was meant to mark the beginning of the end of the crisis, there is no deal with Greece about collateral for its latest bailout; no agreement with private sector creditors about haircuts; and no new money for the eurozone bailout fund."
  • "In the end, I suspect Rahm was being eased out of the bus, and Daley's vulnerability provided the face-saving opportunity."
  • "Both U.S. and Pakistani officials have predicted Torkham would reopen soon, and the apologies issued Wednesday could provide Pakistan with a face-saving way to back down."