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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
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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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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