face falls

face falls

One's expression suddenly looks disappointed or disheartened, especially after being very hopeful or optimistic before. My face fell when I saw that the meal I'd spent all day preparing had burned in the oven. I could see their faces fall when I told them how much it would cost to process the application.
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your face ˈfalls

you suddenly look disappointed or upset: He was quite cheerful until we told him the price. Then his face fell.
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References in classic literature ?
Upon his upturned face falls the gentle touch of a soft hand groping in the dark, and then a girl's voice in a scarcely audible whisper pronounces his name.
All were in Arab dress, but presently one of the number advanced to Tarzan's side, and as he let the folds of cloth that had hidden the lower half of his face fall away the ape-man saw the malevolent features of Nikolas Rokoff.
Who says her famous pout is not a conscious move, but the way her face falls naturally.
In the early seventies a cohort of gay men emerged who devoted themselves to two things: the pursuit of the, arts and of sex, preferring those occasions when the two merged, or as a character in this collection puts it: "I want someone who can quote Rilke, and eat my ass till his face falls off.
I think that's just the way my face falls," she explained.
His face falls a little when I tell him we will have to return the car when ours is fixed.