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Face, vb. 1) trans. a) to meet in front, to oppose: “give me them that will f. me,” H4A II, 4, 167. “f. them in the field,” H4B IV, 1, 24. “if at Philippi we do f. him,” Caes. IV, 3, 211. “till he --d the slave,” Mcb. I, 2, 20.
b) to brave, to bully: “f. not me,” Shr. IV, 3, 125. Shr. IV, 3, 125 “--d and braved me,” V, 1, 124.
c) to trim, to edge: “to f. the garment of rebellion with some fine colour,” H4A IV, 1, 74. cf. “thou hast --d many things,” Shr. IV, 3, 123. Figuratively, == to embellish, to give a lustre to: “the face that --d so many follies,” R2 IV, 285 (or == countenanced?).
d) to patch: “an old --d ancient,” H4A IV, 2, 34.
2) intr. a) to uphold a false appearance, to lie with effrontery: “Suffolk doth not flatter, f. or feign,” H6A V, 3, 142. “a villain that would f. me down he met me on the mart,” Err. III, 1, 6 (me is the dative).
b) to get through one's business by effrontery; followed by a superfluous it: “a vengeance on your crafty withered hide! yet I have --d it with a card of ten,” Shr. II, 407 (Nares: "a common phrase, originally expressing the confidence or impudence of one who with a ten, as at brag, faced, or outfaced one who had really a faced card against him"). “a' --s it out, but fights not,” H5 III, 2, 35. Followed by an accus. denoting the result: “that thinks with oaths to f. the matter out,” Shr. II, 291. “to f. me out of my wits,” Tw. IV, 2, 101. “to f. me out of his acquaintance,” V, 91. “for fear I should be --d out of my way,” H5 III, 7, 90.
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