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long face

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noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for long face

Historical Examples

  • "I don't believe it; you long-face fellers will lie twice as quick as one of us," said Tim, walking up to Frank.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic


British Dictionary definitions for long face

long face

noun
  1. a disappointed, solemn, or miserable facial expression
Derived Formslong-faced, adjective
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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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