face card


face card
n. an important person; a self-important person. (As with the royal characters in playing cards.)
Who’s the face card getting out of the benz?
Mr. Big is the face card in the local mob.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • Face card — Face Face (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make (see {Fact}); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. {Facetious}.] 1. The exterior form or appearance… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • face card — face ,card noun count a card with a picture of a king, queen, or JACK on it in a set of cards used in card games …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • face card — n AmE the king, queen, or ↑jack in a set of playing cards British Equivalent: court card …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • face card — face′ card n. gam the king, queen, or jack of playing cards • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • face card — n. any king, queen, or jack in a deck of cards …   English World dictionary

  • face card — noun one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face • Syn: ↑picture card, ↑court card • Hypernyms: ↑playing card • Hyponyms: ↑jack, ↑knave, ↑king, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Face card — In a deck of playing cards, the term face card is generally used to describe a card that depicts a person. Cards depicting persons were developed in Europe, possibly in the late 1300s; it is believed that earlier sets of cards included court… …   Wikipedia

  • face card — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms face card : singular face card plural face cards a picture card …   English dictionary

  • face\ card — Term used to describe a one hundred dollar bill. Sam passed Will a face card …   Dictionary of american slang

  • face\ card — Term used to describe a one hundred dollar bill. Sam passed Will a face card …   Dictionary of american slang