Synonyms for save face

  • preserve one's honor
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But once the matter is brought to their “official attention,” they have to take action in order to “save face.”

Just as the Chinese will do anything to "save face" so the Briton will do anything not to "lose face."

Her skipper offered me a tow, but I was anxious to save face as much as possible by returning on my own, and so declined.