Meaning of “face-saving” in the English Dictionary


"face-saving" in Business English

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face-savingadjective [ before noun ]

uk us

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.

(Definition of “face-saving” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)