My friend thought he had beaten a rapid retreat after the initial, face-saving show of bravado.
How many streets will have to remain unswept, how many refuse bins left to overflow, and roadways left to crumble to help pay for this latest face-saving exercise?
You know, there's all this easy talk about face-saving culture of China, but this is power politics.
the government made a face-saving compromise with the Finance Ministry
The local media also broke new ground by announcing the Ryongchon disaster, but with face-saving twists.
It was always going to be an exercise in face-saving and at least I can take something positive out of that.
They strain credibility by taking the universal language of face-saving and meaningless political rhetoric to the limit.
Double standards and displacement of blame are persistent face-saving strategies.
his statement was a foolish attempt at face-saving
a face-saving solution for both sides