poker face


Definition of poker face 

: an inscrutable face that reveals no hint of a person's thoughts or feelings

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Other Words from poker face

poker-faced \ˈpō-​kər-​ˌfāst \ adjective

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Fictional tales about cards and bluffers by James McManus, Jennifer Tilly, Carol Ann Duffy and other poker faces. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "85 books for summer reading," 18 May 2018 The chancellor could not maintain her poker face during a number of Trump’s comments at their news conference, her expression at times rotating between looks of amusement and bewilderment as the president parried with the press corps. Jonathan Lemire,, "Trump, Merkel cordial, but no apparent movement on Iran," 27 Apr. 2018 The Ravens were weeks away from the draft, where picks will be exchanged like chips in a game of Texas hold ’em, and Newsome already had on his poker face. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens could be stuck in no man's land with potential first-round trade partners," 24 Apr. 2018 Ryan Pace came to the dais in the Halas Hall media center Tuesday morning wearing his usual draft-week poker face. Dan Wiederer,, "Bears GM Ryan Pace skillfully hiding his cards as NFL draft draws near," 24 Apr. 2018 While his deputies gave up a lot of nonverbal information that experts can notice, Zuckerberg kept a poker face. Joe Navarro, Fortune, "I’m a Body Language Expert. Here’s What I Noticed in Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony.," 11 Apr. 2018 Even the most fantastical outfits, such as Marc Jacobs’s Seussian creations from his fall 2012 collection, are presented with a poker face. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Alexander Wang Is the Funniest Person at Fashion Week," 12 Feb. 2018 Examining the Tua effect on offense In the afterglow of victory, Brian Daboll still wore a poker face. Rainer Sabin,, "Four takeaways from Alabama title game win: The Tua Effect and intriguing last play," 10 Jan. 2018 As in The Lobster, Farrell maintains a rigorous poker face, this time as a heart surgeon named Steven living in a suburb of a nameless Midwestern city. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The New Stanley Kubrick?," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of poker face

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poker face

poker entry 2; from the poker player's need to conceal emotions during play

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The first known use of poker face was in 1874

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English Language Learners Definition of poker face

: an expression on your face that does not show your thoughts or feelings

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