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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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  • There was only one thing to do and, straight-faced, Malone went ahead and did it.

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  • Haruhiku gave him a straight-faced glance that was a masked guffaw.

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  • "Mashy, a straight-faced niblich," is one of these definitions.

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  • One that has been discovered very recently is that the straight-faced are the straight-laced.

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  • The strength of long putts can generally be more accurately regulated with a lofted putter than with a straight-faced one.

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  • It is a plain, straight-faced iron with a round back, and is heavy, weighing sixteen ounces.

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British Dictionary definitions for straight-faced

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-faced



Maintaining a straight face; poker-faced: It was a big lie, straight-faced, but a lie (1975+)

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-faced

straight face

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