long face

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  1. 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

Words Nearby long face

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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

long face

  1. a disappointed, solemn, or miserable facial expression

Derived forms of long face

  • long-faced, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with long face

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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