One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A blow to the face.‘I wish I'd landed him a facer!’
- ‘In the twelfth round, Gamble put in a tremendous facer, that split his opponent's nose, and the claret flew in all directions.’
- ‘A good deal of sparring took place, when, a favourable opportunity offering, Gulley put in a desperate facer, which Gregson immediately returned, by giving his adversary a severe blow on the side of the head.’
- 1.1 A sudden difficulty or obstacle.‘I didn't know they'd gone; it's a bit of a facer, isn't it?’
difficulty, issue, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation, mess, muddle, mix-upView synonyms
- ‘It was a facer, Yetive and Beverly felt as though a steel trap suddenly had been closed down upon them.’
- ‘It was a facer for Balcom and he quickly guided the conversation into less dangerous channels.’
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