a serious or impassive facial expression that conceals one's true feelings about something, especially a desire to laugh.
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Origin of straight face
First recorded in 1890–95
OTHER WORDS FROM straight facestraight-faced, adjectivestraight-fac·ed·ly [streyt-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee], /ˈstreɪtˈfeɪ sɪd li, -ˈfeɪst li/, adverb
Words nearby straight face
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British Dictionary definitions for straight face
a serious facial expression, esp one that conceals the impulse to laugh
Derived forms of straight facestraight-faced, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with straight face
see keep a straight face.
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