E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A brazen face. A bold, defiant look. A brazen-faced person means one with an impudent, audacious look, especially in a bad cause. Brass metaphorically is generally used in a bad or deprecatory sense, as You have plenty of brass [impudence], I admire your brass.
A rebec face (French, visage de rebec). An ugly, grotesque face, like that which used to be cut on the upper part of a rebec or three-stringed fiddle.
Dead is the noble Badëbec,
Who had a face like a rebec.
Rabelais: Pantagruel, book ii. 4.
Badebec was the mother of Gargantua, and died in childbirth.
A wry face. The features drawn awry, expressive of distaste.
To draw a long face. To look dissatisfied or sorrowful, in which case the mouth is drawn down at the corners, the eyes are dejected, and the face elongated
Of course, it is all right; if you had not drawn such a long face I should never have doubted.Dr. Cupid.
To fly in the face of . To oppose violently and unreasonably: to set at defiance rashly.
To put a good face on the matter. To make the best of a bad matter: to bear up under something disagreeable; vultu malum dissimulre; in adversis vultum secund fortun gerre.
To set ones face against [something]. To oppose it; to resist its being done. The expression of the face shows the state of the inclination of a persons mind.