Значение идиомы save face

[save face] {v. phr.} To save your good reputation, popularity, ordignity when something has happened or may happen to hurt you; hidesomething that may cause you shame.

The policeman was caughtaccepting a bribe; he tried to save face by claiming it was money owedto him.

Bill would not play in the game because he knew he couldnot do well and he wanted to save face.

The colonel who lost thebattle saved face by showing his orders from the general.

Contrast:LOSE FACE. – [face-saver] {n.}

The shop teacher’s note was aface-saver when another teacher thought John and Bill were playinghookey in town.

– [face-saving] {adj.}

The note was a face-savingidea.

– [face-saving] {n.}

Face-saving is not helped by too manyinvented excuses.