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poker face

an expressionless face:
He can tell a funny story with a poker face.
a person who has or deliberately assumes a poker face:
It is impossible to tell what that poker face is really thinking.
Origin of poker face
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85
Related forms
poker-faced, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You're shouting, poker face," nodded Carson with vehemence.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

    Jackson Gregory
  • He had been interrupted at the crucial point in a game of cribbage with poker face and the cattleman's weak spot was cribbage.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

    Jackson Gregory
  • When all was done he filled his pipe slowly and turned troubled eyes after poker face.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

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  • Clark chuckled as the farmer tried to hide his astonishment with a poker face.

    Restricted Tool Malcolm B. Morehart
  • Love is a waiting game, which requires nerve, concentration, and a poker face.

    A Guide to Men Helen Rowland
British Dictionary definitions for poker face

poker face

(informal) a face without expression, as that of a poker player attempting to conceal the value of his cards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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Slang definitions & phrases for poker face

poker face

noun phrase

  1. An expressionless face; neutral mask; deadpan
  2. A person whose face is usually expressionless (1885+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with poker face

poker face

A visage lacking any expression that can be interpreted, as in Whenever Betty attended one of her children's performances, she managed to keep a poker face. This term alludes to the facial expression of a poker player who is expert at concealing his feelings about his hand. [ c. 1880 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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