poker face

poker face

noun
1.
an expressionless face: He can tell a funny story with a poker face.
2.
a person who has or deliberately assumes a poker face: It is impossible to tell what that poker face is really thinking.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

poker-faced, adjective
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poker face
 
n
informal a face without expression, as that of a poker player attempting to conceal the value of his cards

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poker face

A visage lacking any expression that can be interpreted, as in Whenever Betty attended one of her children's performances, she managed to keep a poker face. This term alludes to the facial expression of a poker player who is expert at concealing his feelings about his hand. [c. 1880]

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