One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
1Time spent in face-to-face contact with someone.
- ‘Nonetheless, nervous young twenty-something job-seekers paced the room, portfolios in hand as they angled for a few moments of face time with the gatekeepers to their careers in baseball.’
- ‘They are trusted that when they're here, they're working - they're not just putting in face time.’
- ‘I work in an environment where face time is more important than whether you're doing any work.’
- ‘In these set-ups, the car can be ordered with front seats that can be spun through 180 degrees, for that all-important face time with one's rear passengers.’
- ‘The industry runs on face time, and good relationships sometimes end in deals.’
- ‘Executives and politicians spend hours flying across the country merely for a five-minute meeting, on the assumption that even a few seconds of face time can cut through the prevarications of letters and legal contracts.’
- ‘But I think the fact that we do get to talk during the day, go to lunch, have coffee together, we get face time more than other couples, I think.’
- ‘Several factors contribute to the growth in the number of people who forgo face time at the office.’
- ‘Last Thursday, reporters on the Jay Chou beat were summoned to a warehouse deep in the marshy industrial wastelands of Neihu for a few minutes of pre-concert face time with Taiwan's biggest pop star.’
- ‘But he does put in extra effort, flying down to Mexico five times a year to get face time with the middlemen and the suppliers.’
- ‘Banff not only offers face time that gives delegates the opportunity to hear each other's pitches, it does so in a literally elevated, stress-relieving environment.’
- ‘Well, we're getting, we're getting more face time with the secretary of defense than we did ten years ago, but the information flow is much, much less.’
- ‘We have an outreach culture at Tipperary Institute which means pro bono face time with local schools, voluntary organisations and cash-strapped start-ups.’
- ‘When he's here, the staff and volunteers want face time instead of working, so nothing gets done.’
- ‘But in the end, I had a lot of face time with people I never would have talked to in my life, and the experience of talking to swing voters in a swing city in a swing state of an important election year made it totally worth it.’
- 1.1 Time spent being filmed or photographed by the media.
- ‘Whenever a person on TV moves across the screen, they will always do so in a way that gives them the most face time and least back-to-the-camera time, even if it requires odd turns and sideways steps that they would never resort to otherwise.’
- ‘One man's face time in the television segment had to be cut down because he came off as much more insincere on screen than on the radio.’
- ‘He certainly has had a lot of face time one way or another, and Americans do love a triumph over adversity.’
- ‘In fact, the four-time national and four-time senior champion happily admits his doggy has probably had more TV face time the past few years than he has.’
- ‘His handlers wisely kept him under wraps, allowing him face time on television only in the company of world leaders or to give stirring speeches written by his gifted speechwriter.’
- ‘Wolverine gets plenty of face time to display his character, but I always figured this was really his movie anyway.’
- ‘It's either that or Turley is shamelessly repackaging himself as a ‘terrorism expert’ to grab a bit more TV face time.’
- ‘We didn't get any face time on-camera but we can probably be seen in the crowd.’
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