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noun
an expressionless face: He can tell a funny story with a poker face.
a person who has or deliberately assumes a poker face: It is impossible to tell what that poker face is really thinking.
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Origin of poker face

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

OTHER WORDS FROM poker face

poker-faced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for poker face

poker face

noun
informal a face without expression, as that of a poker player attempting to conceal the value of his cards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with poker face

poker face

A visage lacking any expression that can be interpreted, as in Whenever Betty attended one of her children's performances, she managed to keep a poker face. This term alludes to the facial expression of a poker player who is expert at concealing his feelings about his hand. [c. 1880]

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