Definition of face time in English:

face time

noun

North American
informal
  • 1Time spent in face-to-face contact with someone.

    • ‘We have an outreach culture at Tipperary Institute which means pro bono face time with local schools, voluntary organisations and cash-strapped start-ups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I work in an environment where face time is more important than whether you're doing any work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The industry runs on face time, and good relationships sometimes end in deals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several factors contribute to the growth in the number of people who forgo face time at the office.’
    • ‘When he's here, the staff and volunteers want face time instead of working, so nothing gets done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are trusted that when they're here, they're working - they're not just putting in face time.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Time spent being filmed or photographed by the media.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

face time

/feɪs taɪm/