Definition of face down (or downwards) in English:

face down (or downwards)

phrase

  • With the face or surface turned towards the ground.

    ‘he lay face down on his bed’
    • ‘These had been knocked down by the force of the wind and now lay face down on the tarmac.’
    • ‘He suffered a head injury and was found face down in the shallow water by a passer-by on Sunday morning.’
    • ‘I had tripped up and was tumbling over it face down, prone and helpless, the way you do in a bad dream.’
    • ‘Stick them on to individual pieces of card and lay them face down on the table.’
    • ‘Lie face down on the ground, with your hands under your chin and your elbows tucked in close to your body.’
    • ‘Paul is lying face down on a treatment couch in a room at the Healing Clinic in York's Fulford Cross.’
    • ‘He grinned, and lay face down on the ground, taking up nearly all the space in the room.’
    • ‘The athlete then uses their arms to pull them, feet first, upwards, simultaneously turning about the pole so that they can cross the bar face downwards before dropping on to the mat.’
    • ‘One look to the buggy said he wasn't there and one to the floor showed him lying face down having fallen out.’
    • ‘Landulf wept and lay face down on the ground until the emperor sent his proceres over to raise him up and bring him.’
    face down, lying face down, face downwards, on one's stomach, on one's front
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