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[stoh-nee-feyst] /ˈstoʊ niˈfeɪst/
having a rigid, expressionless face.
Also, stone-faced [stohn-feyst] /ˈstoʊnˌfeɪst/ (Show IPA).
Origin of stony-faced
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was about a half-a-mile from where the barges lay moored against the stone-faced embarkment.

    Wang the Ninth Putnam Weale
  • He was admitted to the huge house by a stone-faced butler, who led him through a maze of corridors into a huge dining room.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • In a dingle in the adjoining field is a stone-faced, pointed archway, tunnelling the road.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • I knew that if she had reached the stone-faced seawall or one of the breakwaters there was little hope for her.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • The Director was on her home ground, in her headquarters building, backed by an armed squad of stone-faced Amazons.

    Love Story Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • A few moments later the three cadets stood before Vidac at rigid, stone-faced attention.

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell

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