Saving face 留面子

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Image caption These pottery heads are in display at London's Affordable Art Fare. Photo by Dan Kitwood.


在英語裏 to save face 的意思是想要保全面子,避免陷入難堪的局面。


John was just pretending to understand the French conversation in order to save face.

The wedding speech was terrible but everyone clapped to save the best man's face.

The company director got very drunk at the annual party but no-one ever mentioned it to save his face.


To save face的反義詞是to lose face, 也就是丟臉的意思。

It was a terrible loss of face when the student corrected the teacher's English in front of the whole class.

Losing your temper in public is seen as a loss of face in China.