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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Definitions for facepalm

  1. the gesture of placing the palm of one's hand across the face, as to express embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, etc. (often used as an interjection): She read the post and comments and did a facepalm. Okay, that was dumb—facepalm!
  2. to use this gesture to express such emotions.

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Citations for facepalm
Easily one of the biggest facepalms of the year occurred at the Oscars, when the wrong movie was announced for Best Picture. , "The Biggest Facepalm Moments of 2017," Entrepreneur, December 1, 2017
... the ambassador's facepalm was fodder for body language analysts. , "Trump's first trip: From 'Glum Pope' to tough talk," BBC, May 26, 2017
Origin of facepalm
Facepalm was first recorded between 2000-05. It very literally combines the words face and palm.