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  • noun A gesture of bringing one palm or both palms to the face, with various interpretations.
  • verb To bring the palm of one’s hand to one’s face as an expression of mixed humor and disbelief or disgust or shame, for example, when one is caught off-guard with a particularly bad pun.
  • verb To bring one’s face down to one’s cupped hand or hands.


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  • Hitting your palm against your forehead in frustration.

    November 8, 2007

  • Close relative of *headdesk*

    July 8, 2008

  • Frustration or embarrassment, I think. No?

    July 8, 2008

  • Yes.

    July 8, 2008

  • Mostly from frustration.

    July 9, 2008

  • *facepalm*

    June 16, 2010