mất mặt

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See also: matmat and mất mát



mất (to lose) + mặt (face). Sense 1 is likely a calque of Chinese 丟臉丢脸 (diūliǎn, “to lose face; disgraceful”).



mất mặt

  1. to lose face
    làm mất mặt — to lose face, to be disgraced, to make a fool of oneself
    đừng làm chuyện mất mặt — don't do shady things
    Vốn muốn nói với anh ấy vài câu, nhưng lại sợ anh ấy mất mặt. — I hesitated to criticize him for fear of making him uncomfortable.
  2. to disappear
    đi mất mặt — to disappear without a trace