Definitions

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  • adjective Wearing a poker face: studiously neutral; giving nothing away.

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  • adjective deliberately impassive in manner

Etymologies

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From the attitude necessary in the game of poker, since one is ill-advised to reveal delight at being dealt a winning hand lest other players decline to bet (or contrariwise, show disappointment at a poor hand if one is inclined to bluff).

Examples

  • So Paul stood up and nodded formally at Roz Woodman, ushering her out the door, his expression poker-faced, his body clenched tight.

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  • The show ends with Leonardo's poker-faced, proto-Modernist "Lady with an Ermine" 1489-90, on loan from Poland.

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  • But, in light of Zimerman's pronouncement, the music shows no small number of "cheerful f***-you" attributes: blazing triumph, hurtling energy, poker-faced humor, show-off defiance.

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  • But, in light of Zimerman's pronouncement, the music shows no small number of "cheerful f***-you" attributes: blazing triumph, hurtling energy, poker-faced humor, show-off defiance.

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  • “One could rejoice in that process,” he adds, poker-faced.

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  • Cowboys & AliensThe poker-faced adult genre mash-up answer to Super 8.

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  • Why we like him: Stunned Man (2004) features a dizzyingly brilliant absurdist slapstick routine in which a poker-faced guy destroys his apartment, dives into the bathroom mirror and reappears through the door to begin the whole process afresh.

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  • Whether the poker-faced aliens in The Event or the vampires In Twilight and True Blood, nothing we see in America is as it seems.

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  • To some he's a prankster cracking poker-faced one-liners, but to others his cross-examination of art-making is inspired, delightful and provocative in equal measures.

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  • Whether the poker-faced aliens in The Event or the vampires In Twilight and True Blood, nothing we see in America is as it seems.

    Michael Conniff: Con Games: Sky-Fi With The Event

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