Meaning of get a faceful

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What does "get a faceful" mean?
 

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I have no idea without more context.
 

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Malfoy got a faceful and his nose began to swell like a balloon. (Harry Potter)
 

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What did he get a faceful of?
 

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Harry ducked swiftly down behind his cauldron, pulled one of Fred's Filibuster fireworks out of his pocket, and gave it a quick prod with his wand. The firework began to fizz and sputter. Knowing he had only seconds, Harry straightened up, took aim, and lobbed it into the air; it landed right on target in Goyle's cauldron.
Goyle's potion exploded, showering the whole class. People shrieked as splashes of the Swelling Solution hit them. Malfoy got a faceful and his nose began to swell like a balloon; Goyle blundered around, his hands over his eyes, which had expanded to the size of a dinner plate - Snape was trying to restore calm and find out what had happened. Through the confusion, Harry saw Hermione slip quietly into Snape's office.

That's the sort of context we need.
 

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Truth, both your question and mine are answered in the sentences that come before the phrase "got a faceful". (Post #5.)
 

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I've not still understood the meaning of that sentence. Could you explain it or describe the condition?
 

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Did you look at the picture Tdol posted in post number 7? Who can improve on that explanation?
 

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Thank you, got it!
 

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Appreciated, Tarheel. How can I stay in touch with you and send message out of these posts?

Once you have made ten approved public posts, you will be able to use the Private Message facility. However, please bear in mind that not all members use the facility. Please don't use it to ask private questions about English - those should be posted publicly so that other learners can benefit.
 

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Please don't use it to ask private questions about English - those should be posted publicly so that other learners can benefit.

Exactly. My own policy is not to answer PMs asking questions about English, or possibly to direct the questioner to the forum.
 
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