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phiz

[ fiz ]
/ fɪz /
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noun Slang.

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Origin of phiz

Abbreviation of physiognomy
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British Dictionary definitions for phiz (1 of 2)

phiz
/ (fɪz) /

noun

slang, mainly British the face or a facial expressionan ugly phiz Also called: phizog (ˈfɪzɒɡ, fɪˈzɒɡ)

Word Origin for phiz

C17: colloquial shortening of physiognomy

British Dictionary definitions for phiz (2 of 2)

Phiz
/ (fɪz) /

noun

real name Hablot Knight Browne. 1815–82, English painter, noted for his illustrations for Dickens' novels
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