an unhappy or gloomy expression: He's been walking around with a long face ever since he failed the examination.
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How to use long face in a sentence
That was what we had all been longing to do, and it was with a long face that a staff officer said, "Back to Boshof."The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
Perhaps he vaguely understood the sorrow and dread of her countenance, for he pulled a long face of his own, and was about to cry.There and Back | George MacDonald
I was alone, standing with head uncovered, in the midst of a group of urchins, who were mocking my long face.The Wasted Generation | Owen Johnson
Plantagenet pulled that long face of his, looking as though he meant to impose silence on the whole world for the next six weeks.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
He turned upon me quickly, his long face usually so full of merriment, grey and drawn.The Sign of Silence | William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for long face
a disappointed, solemn, or miserable facial expression
- long-faced, adjective
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Other 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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