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facelift (plural facelifts)
- Plastic surgery to the face to remove wrinkles, fat or various signs of aging.
- 2007 October 6, Polly Vernon, “The facelift king of America”, in The Observer:
- You thought face-lifts were over? Killed off by a combination of Botox, and fear of winding up looking somewhat bride-of-Wildenstein? No! On the contrary, the face-lift is enjoying a renaissance, following the introduction of newer and newer techniques involving smaller scars and shorter recuperation periods.
- (by extension) Any activity undertaken to renew, revamp, update, or improve the appearance of something.
- Coordinate term: makeover
- The old building will get a facelift with new paint, carpet, and decoration.
- 2007 July 3, Angelique Chrisafis, “Designers prepare Les Halles for a facelift”, in The Guardian:
- But, after years of legal-wrangling and architectural debate, the modernist Les Halles complex in central Paris is finally on course for a facelift.
plastic surgery to the face
improvement of the appearance of something
- To perform a facelift upon.
- 1990 July 8, Julian More, “The Second Cemetery of Paris”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- It's a mere block from the junction of the Boulevards Montparnasse and Raspail, still one of the liveliest spots in town with its legendary cafe-restaurants, Le Select, Le Dome and La Coupole, the latter recently facelifted from its old seediness.
to perform a facelift
- A facelift (remodelling of a face, facade, front or general appearance of someone or something).