from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A face that betrays no sign of emotion.

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  • n. A face that is expressionless, especially not laughing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a serious facial expression giving no evidence of interest or amusement


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  • Hooch listened with a straight face as a young lieutenant testified that all Hooch's whisky had been sold to the sutler at exactly the price it sold for last time.

    He Don't Know Him

  • She shook her head but couldn't keep a straight face and said through the grin, "Definitely."

    Mistress of Justice

  • Fortunately, however, the Iranians returned to form, threatening to resume enrichment, and after several days, the IAEA adopted another meaningless resolution, allowing us to say with a relatively straight face that Iran would remain under IAEA scrutiny, and that we intended to push forward with a referral to the Security Council at the September BOG.

    Surrender is not an Option


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