keep a straight face

Definition of keep a straight face

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

Word by Word Definitions

keepplay
  1. :  to retain in one's possession or power

    :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

    :  to have in control

  1. :  the means or provisions by which one is kept

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

    :  fortress, castle

straightplay
  1. :  free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities

    :  generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation

    :  lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method

  1. :  in a straight manner

  1. :  straighten

  1. :  something that is straight: such as

    :  a straight line or arrangement

    :  straightaway

faceplay
  1. :  the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

    :  the face as a means of identification :  countenance

    :  presence, sight

  1. :  to confront impudently

    :  to line near the edge especially with a different material

    :  to cover the front or surface of


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