poker face

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

Origin of poker face

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Related formspok·er-faced, adjective
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Related Words for poker face

deadpan, mask, seriousness, impassivity, inscrutability

British Dictionary definitions for poker face

poker face

noun
  1. informal a face without expression, as that of a poker player attempting to conceal the value of his cards
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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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