a long face, to wear/draw/pull

draw a long face

To assume a facial expression denoting sadness, disappointment, or dissatisfaction. Jill drew a long face when she got her exam results back. Hey, kiddo, is something bothering you? You keep drawing a long face.
See also: draw, face, long

long face

A facial expression denoting sadness, dissappointment, or dissatisfaction. Jill had such a long face yesterday after she learned that she failed her exam. Hey, kiddo, why the long face? Is something bothering you?
See also: face, long

pull a long face

To assume a facial expression denoting sadness, disappointment, or dissatisfaction. Jill pulled a long face when she got her exam results back. Hey, kiddo, is something bothering you? You've been pulling a long face all morning.
See also: face, long, pull

wear a long face

To show sadness, disappointment, or dissatisfaction in one's facial expression. Jill wore such a long face yesterday after she learned that she had failed her exam. Hey, kiddo, is something bothering you? You've been wearing a long face all morning.
See also: face, long, wear
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

long face

A facial expression showing sadness or disappointment, as in Greg's long face was a clear indication of his feelings. [Late 1700s]
See also: face, long
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a long face, to wear/draw/pull

To look sad or dissatisfied. A common expression in the nineteenth century, it no doubt came from the elongated look resulting from the mouth being drawn down at the corners and the eyes downcast.
See also: draw, long, pull, to, wear
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