straight face


straight face
*a straight face
Fig. a face free from smiles or laughter. (*Typically: have \straight face; keep \straight face.) •

It's hard to keep a straight face when someone tells a funny joke.

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{n.} A face that is not laughing or smiling. * /Mary told all the funny stories she knew to try to make Joan laugh, but Joan kept a straight face./ * /It is hard to tell when Jim is teasing you. He can tell a fib with a straight face./ * /When Bob fell into the water, he looked funny and I could hardly keep a straight face./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • straight face — if someone has a straight face, they look serious even though they are saying something funny or are in a funny situation with a straight face: He could never tell a joke with a straight face. keep a straight face: She couldn t trust herself to… …   English dictionary

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  • straight face — /streɪt ˈfeɪs/ (say strayt fays) noun a deliberately serious expression, especially in an attempt to suppress laughter: * You mean a sheep butted you into the river? Mum was having difficulty keeping a straight face. –barney roberts, 1987.… …   Australian English dictionary