[+person] visage m , figure f
→ She had a beautiful face.
→ His face was covered with wrinkles.
[+animal] face f
→ a cat with a beautiful face
to be lying face down
[person] être étendu (e) à plat ventre
face to face (adv)
[meet, speak] face à face
→ I decided to speak to him face to face
to show one's face se montrer
→ I daren't show my face. Everyone's talking about me.
→ She always puts on make-up before showing her face in public
→ I can't believe you'd show your face in here after the way you treated me
to say sth to sb's face (in sb's presence)
dire qch à qn en face
Haven't you the courage to say it to his face? N'avez-vous pas le courage de le lui dire en face?
They would never have dared say so to his face. Ils n'auraient jamais osé lui dire ça en face.
to blow up in sb's face
(=backfire) se retourner contre qn
to laugh in sb's face rire au nez de qn
to have a sad face avoir l'air triste
→ He was walking around with a sad face.
a puzzled face, He looked at her with a puzzled face. Il la regardait d'un air perplexe.
to have a long face
(=look unhappy) faire une tête de six pieds de long
to keep a straight face garder son sérieux
→ "And that," said Michael, keeping a straight face, `is what's wrong with the young people today'
→ `Yes," she says, keeping an admirably straight face
to say sth with a straight face dire qch en gardant son sérieux, dire qch en gardant son sérieux
→ How can he possibly say that with a straight face?
to be written all over sb's face se lire sur le visage de qn
to pull a face, to make a face
(=look displeased) faire la grimace
(=look comical) faire une grimace
→ People aren't going to like you if you pull that face
to pull faces, to make faces faire des grimaces
to pull faces at sb, to make faces at sb faire des grimaces à qn
→ Kathryn pulled a face at Thomas behind his back.
to save face sauver la face
→ He had to resign, to save face.
to lose face perdre la face
→ England doesn't want a war but it doesn't want to lose face.
[+city, industry, countryside] visage m
→ The face of a city can change completely in a year.
→ This would change the face of Malaysian politics
to change the face of sth changer le visage de qch
→ as manager of Rangers he almost single handed changed the face of football in Scotland
→ experts agreed that a united Germany would change the whole face of Europe
the acceptable face of sth la face acceptable de qch
→ Brothels, she insists, are the acceptable face of prostitution
on the face of it à première vue
→ On the face of it that seems to make sense. But the figures don't add up.
→ It is, on the face of it, difficult to see how the West could radically change its position.
in the face of sth [+difficulties, opposition, adversity]
(=when confronted with) face à, devant
→ They finally backed down in the face of strong opposition
in the face of these difficulties face à ces difficultés, devant ces difficultés
(=despite) en dépit de
→ They carry on smiling in the face of adversity.
→ He persevered in the face of active discouragement from those around him.
to fly in the face of sth
(=contradict completely) défier qch
→ On the face of it, this flew in the face of all logic
→ To claim otherwise flies in the face of reality
[+clock] cadran m
[+watch] cadran m
[+dice] face f
[+coin] face f
[+playing card] face f , dessous m
[card] face en dessous
[+mountain] face f
→ the north face of the Eiger
[+cliff] flanc m
→ He scrambled 200 feet up the cliff face
on the face of the earth
(=in the whole world) à la surface de la terre
to disappear from the face of the earth
[species, habitat] disparaître de la surface du globe
[person] disparaître de la circulation
to be wiped off the face of the earth être éliminé (e) de la surface du globe
rock face paroi f rocheuse
→ Do you remember when we climbed the rock face together?
→ hacking at the rock face with ancient axes
[+person] faire face à
[+window, door] faire face à
→ She turned and faced the window.
[+street, square, park] donner sur
→ The building faces the main square.
(=be confronted with)
[+problem, difficulty] être confronté (e) à
→ The immense difficulties facing European businessmen in Russia were only too evident.
We are faced with a serious problem. Nous sommes confrontés à un grave problème.
He faces life in prison if convicted. Il est passible de la prison à vie s'il est reconnu coupable.
to face facts regarder la réalité en face
→ We simply must face facts.
I can't face it je n'en ai pas le courage
→ My children want me with them for Christmas Day, but I can't face it.
I can't face doing ..., I can't face seeing anyone. Je n'ai pas le courage de voir qui que ce soit.
let's face it admettons-le
→ let's face it, throwing parties, however small, over Christmas, can be hard work
→ English football's greatest moment (or, let's face it, its only moment) ...
[team, athlete] affronter
→ Rangers face Celtic on Saturday
→ Davis faces Higgleton in the final on Sunday
vi to face forwards
[person] être de face → he was facing forwards to face south
[building, garden] être orienté (e) au sud → the garden faces south
about-face , about-turn (British)
(=U-turn, volte-face) volte-face f
→ The decision was seen as an about-turn for the Government.
to do an about-face faire volte-face
→ Few observers believe the president will do an about-face and start spending more.
(MILITARY) demi-tour m
to do an about-face faire un demi-tour
n visage m poupin
→ He has an irresistible baby face
→ as he got older, he still had that baby face, the blonde hair and the blue eyes
cliff face , cliff-face
n flanc m de falaise
→ People have been banned from climbing the cliff face because it is too dangerous.
n cadran m
→ The clock face had to be fitted with new glass.
face up to
[+fact, responsibilities] faire face à
→ They had to face up to the fact that they had lost everything.
→ It's about time you faced up to your responsibilities as a parent.
You must face up to your responsibilities. Vous devez faire face à vos responsabilités.
n (US) figure f
n crème f pour le visage
n (British) ~gant m de toilette
(=protective mask) masque m
(=face pack) masque m de beauté
face pack (British)
n masque m de beauté
n (for children)
→ There was face-painting, a coconut shy, and a children's carousel
n poudre f , poudre f pour le visage
It was a face-saving exercise on their part. Ils l'ont fait pour sauver la face.
→ The decision appears to be a face-saving compromise which will allow the government to remain in office.
[meeting, talks, interview] en face à face, en face-à-face
→ It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two men.
a face-to-face interview un entretien en face à face, un face-à-face
to take sth at face value
(=accept unquestioningly) prendre qch pour argent comptant
to take a statement at face value prendre une déclaration au pied de la lettre
→ Public statements from the various groups involved should not necessarily be taken at face value.
[+coin] valeur f nominale
[+ticket] valeur f
→ Tickets were selling at twice their face value
[photograph] de face
n nouveau visage m
All together there are six new faces in the cabinet. En tout, il y a six nouveaux visages au gouvernement.
n paroi f rocheuse
(=about-face) volte-face f inv
→ The day's events were a remarkable volte-face.
→ His colleagues demanded an explanation of his extraordinary volte-face.