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English definition of “face-saving”

face-saving

adjective [before noun]    
intended to prevent someone from feeling embarrassed or having to admit that they are wrong: a face-saving compromise/exercise/deal The European Commission agreed a face-saving compromise to defuse a bitter dispute with Germany over subsidies.
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