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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FACES DOWN

We stepped ashore upon a beautiful meadow rolling up to a stately, wide-flung mansion, and turned our faces down the river.

Pushing their floats ahead of them, faces down in the water, they started for the reef.

Two skeletons in one grave, heads west, faces down, knees drawn up; no implements.

Replacing aqualung tubes with snorkels, they swam on the surface, faces down, alert for sharks.

After watching the boat until it disappeared, they again turned their faces down the river.

Porportuk waited patiently, sipping from his glass and studying the double row of faces down the board.

Upon this the sentinels bent their faces down to the ground.

The prints should be wet in clean water and laid in a pile upon each other, with their faces down.

"Or I mine," added Tom; and once more the father drew their faces down to his own and kissed them.

So we turned our faces down the grass-topped mountains towards Galena Creek.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "front of the head," from Old French face (12c.) "face, countenance, look, appearance," from Vulgar Latin *facia (cf. Italian faccia), from Latin facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious).

Replaced Old English andwlita (from root of wlitan "to see, look") and ansyn, the usual word (from the root of seon "see"). In French, the use of face for "front of the head" was given up 17c. and replaced by visage (older vis), from Latin visus "sight." To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.