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See also: face to face


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face + to + face


face-to-face (plural face-to-faces)

  1. A meeting, especially a meeting between two people conducted in person as opposed to a meeting conducted at a distance through technology.
    • 2001, Darwin Porter, Hollywood's Silent Closet, page 607:
      "If you want to have a face-to-face with Charlie?" I asked W.R., "Why invite the rest of us?"
    • 2007, Dennis N. Griffin, Frank Cullotta, Dennis Arnoldy, Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness, page 192:
      In an unprecedented move, Clifford went to Chicago to have a face-to-face with Tony's superiors.
    • 2011, Annie Jacobsen, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, page 18:
      It was not like Friedman didn't try to have a face-to-face with Lazar.


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face-to-face (not comparable)

  1. In one another's presence.
    a face-to-face meeting
    • 2021 June 2, Paul Stephen, “Advances made in digital revolution”, in RAIL, number 932, page 58:
      The complexity of having so many organisations involved, and the deep integration required, has undoubtedly tested the interpersonal skills of project leaders who have had little face-to-face contact.



face-to-face (not comparable)

  1. While physically present.
    • 2017 June 8, quoting Evfra de Tershav, “Roekaar Occupation”, in Mass Effect: Andromeda APEX HQ[1] (Science Fiction), archived from the original on 09 February 2019:
      I came face-to-face with her on the battlefield recently. Resistance vs. Roekaar. My favorite mother looked at me with the kindness and empathy that I remembered… then she shot me.