phiz

phiz

[fiz]
noun Slang.

Origin:
abbreviation of physiognomy

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phiz (fɪz)
 
n
slang chiefly (Brit) Also called: phizog the face or a facial expression: an ugly phiz
 
[C17: colloquial shortening of physiognomy]

Phiz (fɪz)
 
n
real name Hablot Knight Browne. 1815--82, English painter, noted for his illustrations for Dickens' novels

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phiz
1688, jocular abbreviation of physiognomy (q.v.); hence "face, countenance, facial expression."
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phiz

British artist, preeminent as an interpreter and illustrator of Dickens' characters

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