straight face

straight face

noun
a serious or impassive facial expression that conceals one's true feelings about something, especially a desire to laugh.

Origin:
1890–95

straight-faced, adjective
straight-facedly [streyt-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] , adverb
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straight face
 
n
a serious facial expression, esp one that conceals the impulse to laugh
 
'straight-'faced
 
adj

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straight face

see keep a straight face.

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