The 'face' group
These nouns refer to part of a person's or animal's body, or to their whole body. This use is productive: any noun which indicates a part of the body is often used after a possessive. We list below the nouns for which this pattern is most significant.
abdomen anatomy ankle arm back beak belly bloodstream body bonce bottom breast brow bulk bum chest chin claw (usu plural) coat crown digestive system ear elbow extremities eye (usu plural) eyebrow (usu plural) face features figure finger (usu plural) foot forearm forefinger forehead frame front genitals gut guts hair hairline hand heart heel (usu plural) hindquarters hip hooter hump innards insides jaw knee knuckle (usu plural) lap leg limb (usu plural) lip (usu plural) locks mane middle mouth mug musculature muzzle nail (usu plural) neck nose nut palate palm paw person physique private parts privates rear roe rump scalp shoulder side snout solar plexus stomach tail taste bud (usu plural) teeth throat thumb toe (usu plural) tongue tooth (usu plural) torso trunk visage waist waistline wing (usu plural) womb
She was lying on her back staring at the ceiling.
Its coat gleamed a reddish bronze in the sunlight and its nostrils flared.
Her face was pale and the shine of tears lay on her cheeks.
Joe unfolded his lanky frame from the car and headed up the steps without a word.