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  • Reminding me for all the world of wooden-faced commissars delivering set speeches to "the masses," who from time to time were expected to break out in "prolonged, stormy applause," city officials tried to ensure from the start that no real dialogue would take place.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Spotted Tail sat wooden-faced and motionless during most of the show, except for a deep internal growling throughout the Tableaux, but when the conjurer came on he bellowed approval, winded me with an elbow in the ribs, and fairly pounded his fists at every trick.

    Isabelle

  • The scullion, wooden-faced outwardly but gratified inwardly, departed without haste to the kitchen, and Cadfael, released from tension into the languor of relief, remembered Vespers, and refuged in the chapel.

    A River So Long

  • Noel Madison played the villain with wooden-faced charm; Charles Starrett, a brawnily handsome New England actor, took the role of the undercover detective for whom Virginia falls.

    Chaplin’s Girl

  • A long line of trucks, with wooden-faced guards armed with sub-machine guns standing upright in each corner, was passing slowly down the street.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • It was as wooden-faced a horse as you can imagine.

    The Wheels of Chance: a bicycling idyll

  • It seemed the locals wanted to keep her happy because the scowls vanished, though the graying man remained wooden-faced.

    Knife of Dreams

  • 'Do you still believe that this wooden-faced and pebble-hearted idol of England has power to send fire down from heaven to consume the French holocaust you want to offer up?'

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • “Good-bye,” she said when they were inside the hall and the butler and one footman regarded her wooden-faced.

    Slightly Dangerous

  • The two contractors made a show of puffing and straining as they pushed it across the floor, but the wooden-faced guards who stood by the door did not move to assist them.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

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