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long face

an unhappy or gloomy expression:
He's been walking around with a long face ever since he failed the examination.
Origin of long face
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for long face
Historical Examples
  • The Englishman headed his men, his long face sinister in the lamplight.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • His fine shoulders sagged and his eyes were hollow in his long face.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Her long face turned white; she seemed to breathe with difficulty.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Madame de Lionne was a blonde, with too fine a skin and a long face.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Madame de Lionne was a blonde with too fine a skin and a long face.

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
  • But she had turned aside her sallow, long face, and did not hear what I said.

    Wintry Peacock D. H. Lawrence
  • At that our lads rent the air with shouts, and Will Peake pulled a long face.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • He charmed a grin at last into the very Captain's long face.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • And you are just as funny, my dear, with your long face, and air of depressed determination.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • It is now I who wear a long face, and she cannot dissemble her joy.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
British Dictionary definitions for long face

long face

a disappointed, solemn, or miserable facial expression
Derived Forms
long-faced, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with long face

long face

A facial expression showing sadness or disappointment, as in Greg's long face was a clear indication of his feelings. [ Late 1700s ]
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