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long face

an unhappy or gloomy expression:
He's been walking around with a long face ever since he failed the examination.
Origin of long face
1780-90 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for long face
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  • We had as yet said nothing about paying, and he put on a long face when he told us that he had nothing cooked in the house.

    In and Out of Rebel Prisons Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  • Her long face turned white; she seemed to breathe with difficulty.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • He was a sandy-headed man with old-fashioned whiskers, a long face like a horse, blue eyes and a wondering expression.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • Madame de Lionne was a blonde, with too fine a skin and a long face.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • He was a thin man between youth and middle age, with a long face and a deep voice, and light hair that stuck up on his head.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • Madame de Lionne was a blonde with too fine a skin and a long face.

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
  • And splitting his long face, he laid a warm egg at her feet.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • But she had turned aside her sallow, long face, and did not hear what I said.

    Wintry Peacock D. H. Lawrence
  • "I will," said Mr. Tickell hastily, and ran off for the purpose; but he returned after some time with a long face.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • He charmed a grin at last into the very Captain's long face.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for long face

long face

a disappointed, solemn, or miserable facial expression
Derived Forms
long-faced, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with long face

long face

A facial expression showing sadness or disappointment, as in Greg's long face was a clear indication of his feelings. [ Late 1700s ]
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