1. (US, also facial area) audacity, impudence.
|A Fair Quarrel II ii: I that had face enough to do the deed, Cannot want tongue to speak it.|
|She Would if She Cou’d I i: I admire thy impudence, I could never have had the face to have wheadled the poor knight so.|
|Man of Mode V i: I am amazed to find him here! How has he the face to come near you?|
|F&H].Shortest Way n.p.: You have butchered one king! Deposed another king! And made a mock king of a third! And yet, you could have the face to expect to be employed and trusted by the fourth [|
|Spectator No. 566: A man has scarce the face to make his court to a lady, without some credentials from the service to recommend him [F&H].|
|‘Extra-Ordinary’ in Bentley’s Misc. IV 500: Would Tom but try, the brutes must rue it; / I’m sure Tom has ‘the face to do it!’.|
|Sam Sly 12 May 3/3: [W]hy had you the face to tell him that you were the son of a wealthy gentleman.|
|Harry Coverdale’s Courtship 370: I can hardly suppose even Phil Tirrett would have the face to throw me over and ride for O’Brien.|
|Little Ragamuffin 200: I wonder you’ve got the face to ask such a thing.|
|London Figaro 3 June n.p.: ‘Look at that girl in pink, Sancho,’ he said, ‘that’s Lord Rubric’s daughter. Ran away with the family organist—that’s he with her. I like their face, though, to come here; its awfully good.’ [F&H].|
|Lantern (N.O.) 29 Jan. 2: He has the face to think he’s a masher.|
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 16: face n. Audacity, impudence. facial area Same as ‘face’.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 214: Acourse I parted me arf jim — couldn’t have ther brick face t’ do less under ther circs.|
|Five Thousand an Hour Ch. xviii: ‘I knew it would be a deuced lot of bother for you,’ regretted Eugene apologetically. ‘It’s a lot of face in us to ask it. So crude, you know.’.|
|Ulysses 698: Then he wrote me that letter with all those words in it how could he have the face to.|
|Crumple Zone 1: Today they’ve got real face. They’re standing — hangin’ more like — bang on my home run.|
2. credit at a public house.
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
3. (US) the mouth, as a source of speech; in phrs. below.
4. (US) the mouth, as used for eating and drinking.
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 34: He trowed schooners down his face.|
|Salt Lake Herald (UT) 19 Oct. 5/1: He’s weeding [the pocketbook] when he sees a grab all across the street leaning on a mush with a steamer in his face.|
5. (US) a person, with ref. to interference, nosiness.
|Chinese Girl (2001) 191: And keep your face out of his business or you’re brown bread.|
6. a general term of address, e.g. Hello, face.
|Psmith in the City (1993) 58: ‘Sit down, fice!’ roared the pleasure-seekers.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 205: ‘Hallo, face,’ I said.|
|Child of Norman’s End (1967) 36: ‘Hallo, Face!’ cried the others.|
7. (Aus.) one’s personal appearance.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
8. (US black) a stranger, esp. a white stranger.
|Hepcats Jive Talk Dict. n.p.: face: white man.|
9. (US) fellatio or cunnilingus; usu. as get face or give face.
|(ref. late 19C) Amer. Madam (1981) 89: These items of sexual life had various names over the years. [...] If the guest was the active partner, he was muff-diving, a face-man, or after sea-food-mama.|
|Lessons for Teacher [ebook] You’ll mouth it, white girl! You gonna gimme some face else I’ll beat yo’ ass.|
|Indep. on Sun. Rev. 6 Feb. 24: Hey, I bet you give great Dutch face, right?|
10. (US black) a white person.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
11. (US) a cosmetics kit, thus make-up.
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 50: [Lee] took a mirror from her pocketbook, examined her face then dove in her pocketbook and extracted her comb, cosmetics and hurriedly fixed her face [ibid.] 220: Im going to shower, dress and put a face on then we can go to Marys for a few drinks.|
|(con. 1965) Mother Camp 83: Skip re-appears in ‘face’ but men’s clothes.|
|Indep. Mag. 12 May 62: Unless I’m going to a function or out to dinner, I don’t put a face on.|
12. a person; esp. in police use, a known criminal.
|[||Salt Lake Herald (UT) 19 Oct. 5/1: Who is Jimmy de Face? [...] He used to be a gope cracker, but four long stretches in the stir broke his heart and he’s a dead one now].|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 45: I don’t want no Dills Hotel whore queerin the joint fer all the respec’bul faces.|
|Bang To Rights 22: I eventually managed to catch up with this face I new.|
|Guntz 52: While I was rabbiting to this face another face came in.|
|You Flash Bastard 120: Sneed wasn’t interested in the flasher [...] Not even in the face who was selling pills to a head in the entrance to the underground station.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] The face who dropped a microwave oven in the market! What did he look like?‘May the Force be with You’|
|Guardian Guide 12–18 June 89: Vic Dakin, a gangland face not a million miles away from Ronnie Kray.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 251: Risteóir, there’s a new face on the landing.|
|Viva La Madness 18: I see two faces from London queuing for their luggage.|
13. (US Und.) a respectable image, a ‘front’.
|Small Time Crooks 53: You better start up a face pretty damn quick, or else.|
14. a recognizable person.
|Awopbop. (1970) 88: You only had to be a face. And what was a face? Roughly, it was when you walked into any snob restaurant anywhere and everyone sensed you come in behind them and automatically turned round.|
|New Musical Express 17 Nov. n.p.: There’d be all the faces and people that I knew. A face is just someone you recognise, you might not even know his name, but he’s known as a face.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] I am often up West Del, I’m one of the faces!‘Go West Young Man’|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 87: The other face we had in today is a character bereft of honesty, integrity, vision and truth.|
|Layer Cake 69: He saw it as a bonus to run into a face he knew.|
|Killer Tune (2008) 56: Your father [...] was a well-known face around town.|
15. a fellow member of a mod gang, esp. one who is considered particularly fashionable.
|‘I’m the Face’ [lyrics] I’m the face if you want it, dear, All the others are third class tickets by me baby, is that clear.|
|‘Sea and Sand’ [lyrics] on Quadrophrenia [album] I am the face, she has to know me. I’m dressed up better than anyone within a mile.|
|Guardian Guide 17–23 July 65: Every mod’s favourite film; the tale of Jimmy, a would-be face in mid-60s London.|
|John Peel 47: Feld had been a face on the London Mod scene since the early 1960s.|
16. (UK Und.) a professional criminal, usu. an armed robber with no territorial ambitions.
|(ref. to 1960s–70s) That Was Business, This Is Personal 3: The end of the sixties and early seventies saw the emergence of the ‘Face’, the armed robber who worked in a small team, [and] had little interest in controlling territory beyond a nice mansion house in Hertfordshire or Essex.|
|Raiders 52: A south London face who was big in the porn industry.|
(US black) to fellate.
|in Getting Played 78: Interviewer: Like what might he say and she says that's not true? Ronald: She faced 'em up [had oral sex with them].|
Pertaining to oral sex
(US Und.) a fellator or fellatrix.
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 115: I have met every kind of a crook there is [...] can-opener artists and sometimes face artists.|
|Und. Speaks 37/1: Face artist, a sexual pervert.|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 15: face artist (n.): A fellator. (Slang.).|
(US gay) semen, esp. when ejaculated onto a fellator’s face.
|(ref. to late 19C) Amer. Madam (1981) 244: That always seemed to please the trade that wanted a face job in a black muff.|
|New Sprees of London 21: This crib is kept by a notorious face maker, named Bob Dorkings, the only surviving branch of a family that have all dropped off suddenly, at hot roll time.|
|‘Joskin’s Vocab.’ in Yokel’s Preceptor 30: Face makers, Coiners.|
the ejaculation of semen over one’s partner’s face.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 12: face-painting v. To adorn one’s spouse with jelly jewellery (qv).|
(US gay) fellatio.
(US black) to perform cunnilingus.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
to permit oneself to indulge in oral intercourse at the insistence of a partner.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
Pertaining to the mouth
(US) to speak, esp. to speak rudely.
|Artie 26: If you open your face to this lady again tonight I’ll separate you from your breath.|
|Eve. Post 11 Jan. 6/5: Hould yer lyin’ tongue, and open your face at your peril!|
|Man with Two Left Feet 123: He just thought a heap without opening his face.‘Making of Mac’s’ in|
|Nottingham Eve. Post 10 Sept. 5/2: You just open your face with that sort of talk in Alberta and you’ll hear something to your good.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 81: Nobody as much as opens his face from the time we go in until we start out.‘Blood Pressure’ in|
|(con. 1920s) Big Money in USA (1966) 784: Out our way a man can’t open his face without stirrin’ up a hornets’ nest.|
|(con. 1950s) Unit Pride (1981) 43: Don’t let me catch any of you guys openin’ you face to anythin’ different.|
to be quiet; esp. as imper. shut your face!
|Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 19 July 4/2: He [...] told me to ‘shut my face, or he would knock half my b—y snout off’.|
|in Punch 26 Nov. 252: Shut yer face, you pattering josser!|
|George’s Mother (2001) 122: Close yer face while I gits me smoke!|
|Spoilers 27: You shut your face.|
|Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 1 Aug. 31/3: Siit down, Gett, and shut the front door of your face.|
|Enemy to Society 295: You keep your face closed, George, and you too, Morgy.|
|Limehouse Nights 308: Shut yeh silly face.|
|Handful of Ausseys 272: Oh, shut yer face an’ give yer mouth a chance, you hungry-gutted coot.|
|White Moll 172: ‘You close your face, Pinkie!’ he snapped.|
|Pleasant Jim 50: ‘You, Chuck, shut your face,’ said the marshal peremptorily.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/2: Eventually the model ‘S.M. Herald’ leader will read like this [...] If we thort ger wun minit Jack Lang wus jonnick we’d shut our face.|
|Awake and Sing! I i: Shut your face!|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 106: Shut your face up, sonny.|
|Died in the Wool (1963) 182: You shut your face or I’ll knock your bloody block off.|
|Long Wait (1954) 15: If you’re holding me on a charge, name it or shut your face.|
|Nil Carborundum (1963) Act I: Shut your face.|
|Puberty Blues 77: Shut ya face or you’ll get it too.|
|Blow Your House Down 1: Brenda rounded on her, ‘Shut your face, you.’.|
|Ship Inspector 205: ‘Fuck off.’ ‘Shut your face.’.|
|Indep. 3 June 8: Just shut your face and leave it all to me.|
|Observer Mag. 4 Jan. 14: A guy like that should shut his face.|
SE in slang uses
1. a beating-up.
|McClure’s Mag. 25 26/1: ‘Got the face-ache?’ demanded the second mate, rising with a clenched fist. ‘No, sir,’ stammered the steward [...] Doyle hauled off and floored him. ‘Got the face-ache now? [...] Well, you’ll get it every time you go screwing your mouth up behind an officer’.|
|Paradise Alley (1978) 47: He and his brothers stood an odds-on chance of being waltzed into the alley and given a professional face-ache that would last them the rest of the summer.|
2. a joc. form of address or nickname [the ache presumably comes f. laughter].
|Sport (Adelaide) 14 Mar. 4/6: Why does Joe W [...] swear when he sees Faceache .|
|Enter the Saint 37: Face Ache — I mean Uncle Ambrose — is paying.|
|Marsh 46: Kick off, Faceache.|
|Public School Slang 59: Invective again may be expressed figuratively [...] The metaphor may be contained in a single word — e.g. face-ache, fathead, batty [...] , half-baked.|
|Pagan Game (1969) 162: I said, look here, face-ache.|
|Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 283: I’m very worried about you, face ache.|
|High Cotton (1993) 72: The Americans asked, ‘What do you boys have against the flag?’ and the British said, ‘You, face-ache.’.|
|Mad Cows 103: Jack [...] gave her one of his dubious, ‘Cut the crap, face-ache’ expressions.|
|posting at forums.gorillaz.com 31 July [Internet] Hey, face-ache! didn’t I tell you to pay the heating bill before my birthday??|
|Through Beatnik Eyeballs 25: Fair near knocked a chick’s fise-box off one time.|
(US black) $100 bill.
|‘Ebonics’ [lyrics] Genuine is real, a face card is a hundred dollar bill.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 12: face fannies n. Bugger’s grips; sideburns. As sported by ‘Rocket’ Ron Haslam, Sir Rhodes Boyson and the singer out of ‘Supergrass’.|
1. (N.Z.) a belch.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 75: face fart 1. A belch.|
2. (N.Z.) a general term of abuse.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 75: face fart [...] 2. Ugly person.|
see feed one’s face v. (1)
a moustache, presumably a large one that protrudes on either side of the cheeks.
|DSUE (8th edn) 372/2: late C.19–20.|
a beard and/or moustache.
|Windsor Mag. 4 158/1: A Biblically minded pupil had, on the analogy of the Samson-Delilah case, come to the conclusion that were he shorn of his face-fittings, he would ipso facto lose his wonderful skill with the cane.|
|Cornhill Mag. 89 678: [heading] The Folly of face-fittings. The ideal man is clean-shaven. Confidently he exposes to the world his features undisguised by hirsute appendages.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
(Aus.) male facial hair.
|W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 28 July 1/1: The fierce-whiskered Dook intimated that face-fluff is the divine right of nobility.|
see separate entries.
male facial hair, i.e. a beard and/or moustache; occas. as a term of address.
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 13 May 6/2: He offered to pledge one of his whiskers [...] he had grossly over-capitalised his face-fungus.|
|Punch 134 127/2: [He] will now be able to subject his chin to that prolonged and careful irrigation without which no really satisfying face fungus can be provoked.|
|[||Shorty McCabe on the Job 199: The front office door opens easy, and in slips this face herbage exhibit].|
|Sub 132: Neither are the ‘young gentlemen’ encouraged to grow their face fungus.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 106: Few people have ever looked fouler than Bingo in the fungus.|
|Final Count 860: Now then, face fungus, what the hell does it mean?|
|Western Gaz. 13 Mar. 2/5: The old blades that Ole Bill uses these days to uproot his face fungus.|
|Sporting Times 74: He was a stout man, with a wide countenance adorned with grey, mutton-chop whiskers — a species of ‘face fungi’ much in vogue at the time.|
|Sun. Post 22 Feb. 8/5: Get the skipper to allow you to shave off that face fungus of yours.|
|Behind Bamboo 396/1: Face fungus, beard.|
|Vengeance 67: D’ya think ’e’ll reck-ernise ya wiv’ out ya face fungis?|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 86: ‘Just better put on this false beard.’ ‘How come all the face fungus, doc?’.|
|Foetal Attraction (1994) 266: There’s three inches of face fungus on his chin.|
|Escape Inc. 228: Andy did a spot of the driving while I got rid of the face fungus.|
|Happy Mutant Baby Pills 132: Even though [...] I now owned the requisite face fur, my people were fiends, not hipsters.|
whiskers; a beard.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 445: Face lace, Whiskers.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 187: You couldn’t expect a tart to look twice at a bloke with face-lace like that.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 79: face lace Whiskers; a beard.|
a father of an illegitimate child; thus face-making, conceiving a child illegitimately.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Face-making. Begetting children.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Tom And Jerry; Musical Extravaganza 53: Face-makers, fathers of bastards.|
|Anecdotes of the Turf, the Chase etc. 177: The overseers, with tremendous frowns and black looks on their brows, threatened Sporting betsey [...] that if ever she committed more sins in the face-making* line—quod, and nothing else should be her portion. (*Slang phrase for bastard children).|
|‘Rummy Toasts’ in Flare-Up Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 295: Success to the face-making manufactory.|
an attractive man, a ‘pretty boy’.
|CUSS 113: Face man A sexually attractive person, male. A socially adept person.et al.|
|Harder They Come 153: Dah youth over deh by de bar. You see how ’im have face? Prety bwai, nice in ’im face. Is a faceman dat.|
|Guardian Weekly 15 Sept. 21: Your fellow drinkers back at the bar, for instance. Are they students? [...] They won’t be drunk at the end of the evening, they’ll be combooselated. They may be facemen (handsome) or fugly (fat and ugly).|
(US) speech, verbal delivery.
|Mexico Missouri Message (MO) 18 Jan. 3/1: His Face Music was as rough house as a police captain talking fireworks to his men .|
to place one’s palm on one’s forehead to indicate frustration or stupidity; also as n. and excl.
|Guardian 23 Nov. [Internet] One of [Susie Dent’s] favourite creative words was ‘facepalm’, indicating the movement of someone's palm to their forehead [...] it is being used as a verb or a noun. You can say, ‘She gave herself a facepalm … or you can just say, “Facepalm! Lol”.’.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011 4: FACEPALM — place the hands on the face out of annoyance or frustration: ‘I facepalmed when Steve said that in front of the class.’ ‘You are so stupid! Facepalm!’.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 3: FACEPALM — drop one’s face into one’s hand as an expression of exasperation, embarrassment [...] When written, usually placed between asterisks: ‘I forgot my homework on my desk. *Facepalm*’.|
(US) a fall face-first to the ground.
|Gone, Baby, Gone 295: He whacked me on the back in what I guess was a friendly show of camaraderie that almost sent me into a face plant into the mud.|
(Aus.) an alcoholic drink.
|Battlers 173: It was Uncle who insisted that, as Snow was just out of hospital, they should all stop at the first hotel and get him a ‘face plaster’.|
(Aus.) facial hair.
|Human Torpedo 31: He didn’t look old enough for a job, even with all the face-prickle.|
(US campus) to kiss passionately.
|Campus Sl. Oct.|
|Sl. and Sociability 31: Some compounds are grammatically ambiguous. Facerape ‘kiss passionately’ can be analyzed noun + verb or noun + noun.|
(US) an old woman who attempts to look young.
|Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) 14 Sept. 4/4: The Flappers’ Dictionary [...] Face Stretcher: Old maid who tries to look young.|
used of anyone seen as duplicitous or unreliable.
|Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases 56: CHURCHYARD CLOCK, AS MANY FACES AS A: Used of an unreliable man (Old Navy).|
|DSUE (8th edn) 721/2: C.19–early 20.|
see separate entry.
a phr. used to describe someone who is irresistibly charming.
|Sir Launcelot Greaves I 165: Your honour’s face is made of a fiddle; every one that looks on you loves you.|
(Aus.) to get angry, excited or over-emotional (cf. get one’s guts in a knot under gut n.).
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 12 Dec. 7/7: Bushie need not get his face in a knot, as I am willing to ride against any girl under 20 years of age, for 50 miles, without a saddle or padding, for a small stake.|
|World (Hobart, Tas.) 11 June 6/3: I am not your enemy because I want to elucidate matters in the interests of my clients. So don’t get your face in a knot when I ask you a fair question!|
|Northern Star (Lismore, NSW) 16 Mar. 7/4: A big business man with baggy trousers and his red face in a knot.|
|Cunninghams (1986) 135: ‘What a face!’ she told her eldest son, who came in with his nose in a knot about something.|
(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
|inSongsters and Saints (1984) 33: Take those scroungers out of my face.|
|‘Cat You Been Messin’ Around’ [lyrics] Yes woman you’ve been messin’ around / So woman get out of my face / Or I take my fist and knock you down.|
|Really the Blues 4: Jim Crow just wouldn’t get out of my face.|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Youngblood (1956) 38: ‘Man, get outa my face,’ Joe Youngblood said.|
|Simply Heavenly I iii: Melon, I say, get out of my face.|
|Black Drama I ii: Get outta my face, boy – get outta my face, before I kill you!Purlie Victorious in|
|Cross of Lassitude 274: I cold-cocked her with a water jug. She wouldn’t get outa my face.|
|Carlito’s Way 44: If you so slick, why you here, motherfucker? Get out of my face.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 38: You jive flat-backing zero bitch, stay out of my face!|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 95: Tell ’im get out you face. Jus’ righteously ride ’im down to the ground!|
|‘Rhyme Pays’ [lyrics] Came into the party just to rock the place / And your big zombie lookin’ freak still won’t get out of my face.|
|Trainspotting 174: Git ootay ma face. Tell us it wisnae you thit turned Tommy oantae Sekker n that crowd.|
|Cold Wing Dinner 169: So get out of my face with that bullshit.|
to collapse with laughter.
|Rooted I i: Jees I had to laugh. Nearly went off my face.|
see run (on) one’s face (for)
1. to be ugly, e.g. she’s got a face on her like...
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Kullark 65: Sour faced ol’ cow. ’Ad a face on ’im like death.|
2. to be in a troubled, nervous mood.
|Commitments 4: He didn’t mind the song. But Jimmy had a face on him.|
|Cartoon City 45: Myles noticed Jarlath Boon skulking in the far corner with a face on him like a boiled squirrel.|
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 177: Clementine [...] is sitting there with a big face on him.|
to be penniless.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: N’are-a-face-but-his-own Not a Penny in his Pocket.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Life and Adventures.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: No face but his own: a saying of one who has no money in his pocket or no court cards in his hand.|
|‘Modern Dict.’ in Sporting Mag. May XVIII 100/1: [as cit. 1785].|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: Ne’er a face but his own not a farthing in his pocket.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
(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.
|Really the Blues 106: He got in my face just as I stepped into the lobby [...] ‘You’re Milton Mezzrow, aren’t you?’ He seemed too honest for a bill-collector or a process-server.|
|Thief’s Primer 143: Down here in prison, one of these rums, one of these idiots, he’s not going to get in my face.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 135: What the fuck you doing here in my face?|
|‘Power’ [lyrics] I’m outspoken, no jokin’, get in my face your jaw will get broken.|
|Street Talk 2 19: She’s always in my face!|
|Oz ser. 2 ep. 2 [TV script] ‘Why did you do it?’ [i.e. an assault] ‘He got in my face’.‘Ancient Tribes’|
|Workin’ It 187: I wish I had never stole from her or cussed her out ’cause she be in my business – you know, telling me to calm down and don’t do this and take care of the children.|
|Yes We have No 146: Some yob is always in his face.|
|Crooked Little Vein 71: Look, I’m sorry I got in your face before.|
1. aggressive, intense, confrontational.
|Detroit Free Press (MI) 1 Dec. 4D/5: It’s his way of saying: ‘There — You see!’ ‘In your face,’ they say on the street.|
|Wash. Post 25 Feb. D1: Pipkin was the epitome of the ‘hot dog’, interested only in a personal, in-your-face confrontation with the defender of the moment.|
|Philadelphia Dly News (PA) 11 July 86/4: ‘He went on to do incredible things at Drake. Sort of gave us an in-your-face job’.|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 64: That’s Bold Gold. Worn gangsta-style. Up-front and In-Your-Face.|
|Guardian Editor 21 Jan. 19: Asking in-your-face questions to outrageous guests.|
|Indianapolis Star (IN) 15 Apr. 73/2: ‘My son pops out his pacifier and says, “Oh, shit.” That was my first in-your-face moment’.|
|Star trib. (Minneapolis, MN) 12 May A11/1: The impact of in-your-face talking heads, TV’s extreme close-ups [...] violate real-life social norms.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 21: Stacy had graduated to in-your-face fat, and these days you wouldn’t even figure he owned a shirt.|
(UK/US Black / gang) phr. claiming that if the police have no idenification of an individual, they cannot bring a case against them in court.
|avvo.com 17 Jan. [Internet] Is the saying "no face no case" true? [...] You could still be convicted on circumstantial evidence even if the video is not definitive. So, no, that phrase is not automatically true.|
|‘Next Up?’ [lyrics] Get round there and ching man up, like anything B get wetted / No face, no case.|
1. under the influence of drink or drugs.
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 78/1: off one’s face stoned on marijuana.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] Danny come in [...] drinking Jim Beam, in and out of the pisshouse, gets off his face. They kicked him out.|
|Curvy Lovebox 148: Marcello’s wide awake now, but still off his face.|
|Grits 33: Foof, am off me fuckin face . . . this is just fuckin incredible. [Ibid.] 106: Am just pissed off mi ferce.|
|Truth 140: ‘She’s okay?’ ‘Um, speak freely, boss?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Off her face, boss.|
|Times Review 30 Apr. 3/6: He started working for them ‘sitting 16ft up a lighting rig, off my face, pretending to work’.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 21: He’s on ‘rowies’ — a tranquiliser ten times stronger than Valium. His entire gang [...] are off their pock-marked faces on it.|
2. in fig. use, extremely enthusiastic about.
|Llama Parlour 19: My project’s in turnaround at the Sundance Institute [...] Redford is apparently off his face over it! He’s zonked. Like totally.|
|Outside In Act II: Fucken off their faces, I reckon.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 39: Off his (or her) face: Mad.|
(US) on credit, for free.
|[||Sl. Dict. 156: Face entry the entrée to a theatre. From the FACE being known, as distinguished from free-list entry].|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 56: I went through all the regular pockets – not a sou-marquee. ‘This is nice,’ I thought, ‘I can’t do the Continent [...] on my face.’.|
|Last Million 149: ‘How do we get there?’ inquired her practical friend. Miss Lane [...] smiled seraphially. ‘I guess we can do it on our faces.’.|
under the influence of drink or drugs.
|Ringolevio 46: Both of them were goofballed out of their faces.|
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 6 Aug. [Internet] I went to the beach with Karey L. We got smoked up. Holy shit – were we ever stoned out of our faces.|
|Guardian Rev. 13 Aug. 19: You don’t even try to get up in the morning / You just reach for your skins and you’re out of your face.|
|Urban Grimshaw 36: Greta and I [...] got loads of brown and got smashed out of our faces.|
(UK black) absent, away.
|(con. 1981) East of Acre Lane 201: I’m outta your miserable face.|
to obtain credit through deceit or bravado.
|Coll. Works (1966) III 47: There are three ways of getting into debt; first by pushing a face, as thus, ‘You Mr. Lutestring, send me home six yards of that paduasoy, dammee; but harkee, don’t think I ever intend to pay you for it, dammee.’.‘Serious reflections on the life and death of the late Mr. TC ’ in|
(orig. US) to obtain credit.
|[||Life’s Vagaries 24: Well, I didn’t run in debt for my face].|
|Morning Herald (N.Y.) 7 Feb. 2/2–3: At the better place, many of them can run their face for drinks.|
|Picking from N.O. Picayune 76: He is never loth to ‘run his face’ whenever the credit system leaves an aperture into which he can insinuate it.|
|Biglow Papers 2nd series (1880) 66: Men whose word wuz full ez good’s their note, / Men that can run their face for drinks.|
|Wanderings of a Vagabond 94: He would start on a spree, and keep it up as long as he had a cent or could run his face for a dram.|
|‘Central Connecticut Word-List’ in DN III:i 17: run one’s face, v. phr. To make use of one’s credit.|
|DARE].Dial. Grant County 53: Run one’s face...use one’s credit, buy on tick [|
see under soak v.1 .
see under suck v.1
see under suck v.1
(orig. US black) arguing with, confronting face-to-face.
|Snakes (1971) 102: You oughtta see how nice my old man been now [....] Remember how the cat use to all the time be up in my face and standin on my head?|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 74: All I’m sayin’ to you is that when some motherfucking two-ton toad gets up in your face, starts [...] playing you, you’re gonna want some righteous woods to stand up for you.|
|Corruption Officer [ebook] Ch. 11: Just lookatcha, runnin’ round here, up in all these bitches faces telling ya corny jokes and shi.|
a dismissive rejoinder.
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 38: ‘Your face,’ Leva said. ‘Your mother’s box,’ Milt said.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 2: in your face, facial – exclamation: That’s unfair. That was unsuccessful.|
|Wayne’s World [film script] Wayne: New York. ’Yo! Taxi!!! In your face!’.et al.|
|(ref. to 1963) Bend for Home 174: Oh but I do. You do in your gob.|
|Indep. Rev. 10 July 8: Yo’ Momma! In yo’ face!|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 158: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Take you there. In your face.|
a general dismissive excl., often following a real or imagined request for a match.
|If you Don’t Watch Out 93: ‘Well, let’s have a cigarette before I go. Got a match?’ ‘Yes. Your face and my ass’.|
|Southern Folklore Quarterly Vol. 31 29: Do you have a match? Your face and my ass. Your breath and my farts. My socks, your breath. Not since Superman died.|
|It (1987) 348: ‘Your f-f-face and my buh-buh-butt, T-T-Tozier,’ Bill said and hung up.|
|(con. 1960) My Secret Hist. (1990) 175: ‘Give me a match, shit-for-brains.’ ‘Your face and my ass,’ Larry said, and punched him on the arm.|
|(con. 1970) Dazzling Dark (1996) I iii: Your face and my ass.Danti-Dan in McGuinness|
|Salesman 292: ‘Have you a match?’ I said. ‘Your face and me arse, Homer.’.|
|‘Craswlspace’ [lyrics] Here’s a match – my ass and your face.|