Definition of face-saver in US English:

face-saver

noun

  • See face-saving

    • ‘And Barbara Tan, of Virginia Water in Surrey, proved yet again that a good black and white outfit can be pulled out of the wardrobe as a fantastic fashion face-saver, wearing a zebra-print jacket with long black skirt and striking hat.’
    • ‘This is being done not as a measure of Justice, but as a face-saver for the Bank.’
    • ‘However, getting no response from the other side, the Moulvi was left with no other choice but to renounce his post as a virtual face-saver.’
    • ‘Effusiveness of the praise which was given him made it look suspiciously as if he was being eased out, and given credit as a face-saver.’

Pronunciation

face-saver

/ˈfās ˌsāvər/