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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
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for long face
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  • We had as yet said nothing about paying, and he put on a long face when he told us that he had nothing cooked in the house.

    In and Out of Rebel Prisons Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  • It is now I who wear a long face, and she cannot dissemble her joy.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • He was a sandy-headed man with old-fashioned whiskers, a long face like a horse, blue eyes and a wondering expression.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • The domestic pulled a long face, but the style of living was not altered in the least.

    Life and sport in China Oliver G. Ready
  • He was a thin man between youth and middle age, with a long face and a deep voice, and light hair that stuck up on his head.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • Then noticing the long face of poor Sidi Tart'ri, he changed tack.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • And splitting his long face, he laid a warm egg at her feet.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • He knew that some people could joke when they wore a long face.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • "I will," said Mr. Tickell hastily, and ran off for the purpose; but he returned after some time with a long face.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • His great ears, his long face, all his hair point toward me.

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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