straight face


Definition of straight face 

: a face giving no evidence of emotion and especially of merriment lied with a straight face

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Other Words from straight face

straight-faced \ˈstrāt-​ˈfāst \ adjective
straight-facedly \ˈstrāt-​ˈfā-​səd-​lē, -​ˈfāst-​lē \ adverb

Examples of straight face in a Sentence

She lied with a straight face. The students quickly put on straight faces as the teacher walked into the room.

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While other stars were laughing and enjoying the night, Kylie looked on straight faced, no matter who was on stage. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "5 Awkward AF Moments Between Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott at the 2018 VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 How could anyone say that with a straight face and believe it. Fox News, "2014 photo of detained children used as swipe against Trump," 3 June 2018 Despite the absurdity of all this being delivered to you with a deathly straight face, the sheer effort with which Metal Gear Survive contorts itself to fit into the narrative of a much better game isn't nearly the weirdest thing about it. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "R.I.P. Metal Gear Solid, the Best Video Game Series Ever," 7 Mar. 2018 Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell walked into the County Commission chambers last week and with a straight face asked for $9.8 million more — a 15 percent increase — to run his department. Lauren Ritchie,, "Lake has ability to beef up Sheriff's Office and keep taxes reasonable," 25 June 2018 Working with Trump, Ryan could no longer say with a straight face that his policies were seeking to achieve broader social goals. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Paul Ryan's departure marks the end of an era—and the further Trumpification of the Republican Party.," 12 Apr. 2018 There is no duplicating Jalen Brunson, the NBA journeyman’s son with the old-man game, the national player of the year trophy and the eternally straight face. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Villanova’s championship formula won’t soon be matched," 2 Apr. 2018 Truex said it with a straight face, as the 37-year-old Furniture Row Racing driver is still having the type of season that, oh, all but two drivers would love to produce. Dan Gelston,, "Martin Truex Jr. takes the checkered flag at Pocono," 4 June 2018 There’s plausibly even an aesthetic component to this threshold of cancellation: The distance between Roseanne’s Roseanne and the actual one has been made so blatant that the show would be hard to watch with a straight face. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Roseanne Fantasy Is Over," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of straight face

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of straight face

: a face that shows no emotion and especially no amusement

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