down + face
downface (third-person singular simple present downfaces, present participle downfacing, simple past and past participle downfaced) (transitive, archaic, rare) to persist boldly in an assertion 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, chapter 6, Mina Murray's Journal He will not admit anything, and downfaces everybody. If he can't out-argue them he bullies them, and then takes their silence for agreement with his views. 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 12, The Cyclops Didn't I tell you? As true as I'm drinking this porter if he was at his last gasp he'd try to downface you that dying was living.
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