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face-saver

[feys-sey-ver] /ˈfeɪsˌseɪ vər/
noun
1.
something that saves one's prestige or dignity:
Allow him the face-saver of resigning instead of being fired.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
Related forms
face-saving, noun, adjective
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