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straight face

a serious or impassive facial expression that conceals one's true feelings about something, especially a desire to laugh.
Origin of straight face
First recorded in 1890-95
Related forms
straight-faced, adjective
[streyt-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈfeɪ sɪd li, -ˈfeɪst li/ (Show IPA),
adverb Unabridged
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  • Drake struggled to keep a straight face, and answered, "It is not their rle, sir."

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "The rest of your luggage, sir," he said with a straight face.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We ran up the bank of the stream, and when we reached the straight face of the cliff Lacelle turned to the right.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • Mrs. Steele is the first, as usual, to pull a straight face.

    Under the Southern Cross Elizabeth Robins
  • The merry find no more difficulty in keeping a straight face than he found in using the flat phrase.

    The Judge Rebecca West
British Dictionary definitions for straight face

straight face

a serious facial expression, esp one that conceals the impulse to laugh
Derived Forms
straight-faced, adjective
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Slang definitions & phrases for straight face

straight face

noun phrase

A face revealing no ironic amusement or disbelief: He couldn't tell me that story with a straight face (1897+)

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 straight face

straight face

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