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adverb face to face pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    in a situation where you are meeting and talking to another person directly

    It would be better if we talked face to face.

    come face to face with someone:

    I came face to face with his mother.

    meet (someone) face to face:

    They met face to face today for the first time.

  2. 2
    in a situation where you are forced to deal directly with a problem

    Her work brings her face to face with human suffering.

    come face to face with something:

    It would do you good to come face to face with reality for once.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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