an unhappy or gloomy expression: He's been walking around with a long face ever since he failed the examination.
Origin of long face
First recorded in 1780–90
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Derived Formslong-faced, adjective
a disappointed, solemn, or miserable facial expression
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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