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face mask

or facemask

Sports. the protective equipment, usually made of steel or plastic, that guards the face, as the steel cage worn by a baseball catcher or the molded plastic covering worn by a hockey goalkeeper.
any of various similar devices to shield the face, sometimes attached to or forming part of a helmet, as that worn by workers engaged in a hazardous activity.
Origin of face mask
1905-10; face + mask Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The girl took the map in her gloved hands and peered intently through her face-mask.

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  • Wang Kulichenko pulled the collar of his uniform coat up closer around his ears and pulled the helmet and face-mask down a bit.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Behind the face-mask, her thin features were pale, ghostlike.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen

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