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noun
  1. 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
Related formsstraight-faced, adjectivestraight-fac·ed·ly [streyt-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈfeɪ sɪd li, -ˈfeɪst li/, adverb
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  • There was only one thing to do and, straight-faced, Malone went ahead and did it.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Haruhiku gave him a straight-faced glance that was a masked guffaw.

  • "Mashy, a straight-faced niblich," is one of these definitions.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

  • One that has been discovered very recently is that the straight-faced are the straight-laced.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

  • The strength of long putts can generally be more accurately regulated with a lofted putter than with a straight-faced one.

    The Soul of Golf

    Percy Adolphus Vaile


British Dictionary definitions for straight-faced

straight face

noun
  1. a serious facial expression, esp one that conceals the impulse to laugh
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Derived Formsstraight-faced, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with straight-faced

straight face

see keep a straight face.

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