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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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His face fell, and he pouted his lips like a scolded child.
He shook hands with Philip enthusiastically, but Philip's face fell, for he realised that Rose had forgotten all about their appointment.
For an instant her face fell, and the mocking gleam in her eyes died away; but the word love threw her into revolt again.
In her agitation and sudden movement the silk with which she had covered her face fell off and disclosed a countenance of incomparable and marvellous beauty, but pale and terrified; for she kept turning her eyes, everywhere she could direct her gaze, with an eagerness that made her look as if she had lost her senses, and so marked that it excited the pity of Dorothea and all who beheld her, though they knew not what caused it.
But the crook's face fell when he was jailed for more than five years, after admitting to the robbery.
Meanwhile, professional pin-up Jorgie Porter's face fell when she learned that lads' mags FHM and Zoo had both closed down.
As 19-year-old Kelsey soaked up the applause and made a speech, Murdoch's face fell as her bosses shouted in her earpiece.
When my boyfriend of two years asked me to marry him, I was over the moon but my face fell when I saw the engagement ring belonged to his dead grandmother.
As soon as Dale clapped eyes on the 25-year-old hunk, his face fell - he saw him as a love rival.
A woman was killed when part of a cliff face fell on her, a man died after apparently touching a fallen electricity cable, and another was washed out to sea by a large wave.
A woman was killed when part of a cliff face fell on her, a man died after apparently coming into contact with a fallen electricity cable, and another was washed out to sea by a large wave.
A woman killed when part of a cliff face fell on her has been named.
A WOMAN was killed yesterday when part of a cliff face fell on her, police said.
25pm last night when sections of the 150ft cliff face fell apart along the esplanade, in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, falling into the back of the Shanklin Beach Hotel.
His face fell as he replied, "I was told there was nobody worthwhile running.