face-saving face-saving


  • (adj) maintaining dignity or prestige


  1. Administration officials remain adamant that their first review was thorough and proper, so the face-saving element was crucial, according to one Capitol Hill negotiator.
  2. The speculation is that Kennedy pulled her name as a face-saving move after learning that Governor Paterson was not going to pick her.
  3. The companys decision offers a face-saving way out for the White House.


  1. Microsoft hopes to win over students with cheap Surface RTs

    Microsoft has found a face-saving way to put dent in its stacks of unshipped Surface RTs: The company has confirmed that
    on June 18, 2013     Source: InfoWorld

  2. Controversial Dr. David Chao leaves the Chargers

    When a person at the center of a controversy resigns, claiming he wants to spend more time with his family is a common face-saving measure. Today, the San Diego Chargers issued a statement saying, “Team Doctor David Chao has notified the club that he has decided to step down due to health reasons and to…
    on June 14, 2013     Source: NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk


  1. "Hopefully the Baker-Hamilton commission can offer a face-saving measure for the White House that can put the beginning of the end in sight," said Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., who is in line to become chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
    on Nov 17, 2006 By: Ike Skelton Source: Forbes

  2. "If that is a face-saving technique, I have no objection. My demand is that now that he has been arrested, he should be interrogated on the 26/11 incidents; his role in the 26/11 attacks must be investigated," Chidambaram said.
    on Sep 21, 2009 By: P Chidambaram Source: Indian Express

  3. "I think, ultimately, despite the novel and face-saving attempts to construct cause of action, that the Sonics are moving to Oklahoma," Stern said.
    on Apr 25, 2008 By: David Stern Source: SI.com

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