Synonyms for save face
- preserve one's honor
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SAVE FACE
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.
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.