face-palm

verb \ ˈfās-ˌpä(l)m , -ˌpȯ(l)m \
variants: or less commonly facepalm

Definition of face-palm

intransitive verb
: to cover one's face with the hand as an expression of embarrassment, dismay, or exasperation
  • But her body language was not good from the start on Saturday. She face-palmed after missing one forehand early, then shook her head after another errant shot.
  • —Jeff Hartsell

facepalm

or less commonly face-palm noun
    • There's a kind of facepalm moment in the terrific pilot episode of Amazon's terrific new series Transparent when you realize that the title is a pun.
    • —Phil Maciak

First Known Use of face-palm

1996


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