keep a straight face


: to not smile or laugh
It was hard to keep a straight face with everyone else laughing.

Examples of keep a straight face in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one more than Tamron Hall, who was somehow able to keep a straight face the entire time.. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 1 Apr. 2024 Rudd and Fallon's capacity to keep a straight face while spinning ever-so-slowly in a circle together deserves an Oscar. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 While Jackson and Sharp are both veterans of the Upright Citizens Brigade, the movie’s master improvisers prove to be Mullally (whom Charles allows to go on long Dadaist digressions) and Lane (who can barely keep a straight face when feeding deli meat to his unconventional pets). Peter Debruge, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 Here, the cast routinely breaks the fourth wall, as Charles instructs editor Al LeVine to pick not-quite-perfect takes in which audiences can see the actors struggling to keep a straight face. Peter Debruge, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 Particularly since quality dialogue is not a strength here, the performers can do naught but try to keep a straight face, some under heavy layers of creature latex. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 12 Jan. 2023 Kudos to Craig for cutting loose and credit to his co-stars, who managed to keep a straight face during filming. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 Still, those rather good actors do indeed keep a straight face, as does the film overall. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 27 Oct. 2022 The responsible-looking page boy (who tried to keep a straight face as Tom Pettifer goofed around) is the son of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, former private secretary to William and Prince George’s godfather. Erin Hill, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022

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“Keep a straight face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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