1. [17C+] (US, also facial area) audacity, impudence.
2. [mid-18C–mid-19C] credit at a public house.
3. [mid-19C+] (US) the mouth, as a source of speech; in phrs. below.
4. [late 19C–1910s] (US) the mouth, as used for eating and drinking.
5. [late 19C–1950s] (US) a person, with ref. to interference, nosiness.
6. [late 19C+] a general term of address, e.g. Hello, face.
7. [1920s+] (Aus.) one’s personal appearance.
8. [1930s–40s] (US black) a stranger, esp. a white stranger.
9. [1930s+] (US) fellatio or cunnilingus; usu. as get face or give face.
10. [1940s] (US black) a white person.
11. [1940s+] (US) a cosmetics kit, thus make-up.
12. [1940s+] a person; esp. in police use, a known criminal.
13. [1950s] (US Und.) a respectable image, a ‘front’.
14. [1960s+] a recognizable person.
15. [1960s+] a fellow member of a mod gang, esp. one who is considered particularly fashionable.
16. [1960s+] (UK Und.) a professional criminal, usu. an armed robber with no territorial ambitions.
Pertaining to oral sex
[1920s+] (US Und.) a fellator or fellatrix.
[1970s+] (US gay) semen, esp. when ejaculated onto a fellator’s face.
[late 19C–1930s] (US) cunnilingus.
[1990s+] the ejaculation of semen over one’s partner’s face.
[1980s+] (US gay) fellatio.
[1970s+] (US black) to perform cunnilingus.
[1960s+] to permit oneself to indulge in oral intercourse at the insistence of a partner.
Pertaining to the mouth
[late 19C+] (US) to speak, esp. to speak rudely.
[late 19C+] to be quiet; esp. as imper. shut your face!
SE in slang uses
1. [20C+] a beating-up.
2. [1930s+] a joc. form of address or nickname [the ache presumably comes f. laughter].
[1990s+] (US black) $100 bill.
1. [2000s] (N.Z.) a belch.
2. [2000s] (N.Z.) a general term of abuse.
see feed one’s face v. (1)
[20C+] a moustache, presumably a large one that protrudes on either side of the cheeks.
[20C+] a beard and/or moustache.
[1900s] (Aus.) male facial hair.
see separate entries.
[20C+] male facial hair, i.e. a beard and/or moustache; occas. as a term of address.
[1920s–40s] whiskers; a beard.
[early 19C] a father of an illegitimate child; thus face-making, conceiving a child illegitimately.
[1960s–80s] an attractive man, a ‘pretty boy’.
[1900s] (US) speech, verbal delivery.
to place one’s palm on one’s forehead to indicate frustration or stupidity; also as n. and excl.
[1940s+] (Aus.) an alcoholic drink.
[1990s+] (Aus.) facial hair.
[1980s+] (US campus) to kiss passionately.
[1920s] (US) an old woman who attempts to look young.
[20C+] used of anyone seen as duplicitous or unreliable.
see separate entry.
[mid-18C] a phr. used to describe someone who is irresistibly charming.
[20C+] (Aus.) to get angry, excited or over-emotional (cf. get one’s guts in a knot under gut n.).
[1920s+] (orig. US black) to stop pestering, to leave alone, esp. as imper.; vars. are ad hoc, see cits. 1928 and 1979; thus in someone’s face
[1960s] to collapse with laughter.
see run (on) one’s face (for)
1. [20C+] to be ugly, e.g. she’s got a face on her like...
2. [1980s+] to be in a troubled, nervous mood.
[late 17C–early 18C] to be penniless.
[1940s+] (orig. US black) in a confrontational manner, used of one who forces their attentions on another; often as get in someone’s face v., to confront, to provoke.
1. aggressive, intense, confrontational.
1. under the influence of drink or drugs.
2. in fig. use, extremely enthusiastic about.
[late 19C–1910s] (US) on credit, for free.
[1970s+] under the influence of drink or drugs.
[1980s] (UK black) absent, away.
[mid-18C] to obtain credit through deceit or bravado.
[late 18C+] (orig. US) to obtain credit.
see under soak v.1 .
see under suck v.1
see under suck v.1
[1970s+] (orig. US black) arguing with, confronting face-to-face.
[1950s+] a dismissive rejoinder.
[1960s+] a general dismissive excl., often following a real or imagined request for a match.