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face to face

Meaning: If people meet face to face, they meet in person in the real world.

For example:

  • We became friends after meeting online in a chat room, but we've never actually met face to face.

  • We always need to have a face-to-face interview with a job applicant before making a final decision.

Note: This idiom is written with hyphens, as in "face-to-face", if it's used as an adjective in front of a noun or a noun phrase.

Quick Quiz:

Monica and Sam first met face to face
  1. in an online chatroom
  2. at a party in Paris
  3. over the phone

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