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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.
She made a gesture of disgust, and his face fell. It came to her sharply that the rival had thrust between and was bearing him away.
Arnold's face fell. He looked at Sir Patrick in silent dismay.
'This wants celebrating!' His face fell. 'Oh, I was forgetting!
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.
One passenger's "face fell" when asked by security if she was carrying electrical items.
Guards also told how a woman's "face fell" when asked if her holiday bags contained electrical items.
Her face fell, however, as she read the sign laying out the rules and regulations for bouncing.
But the crook's face fell when he was jailed for more than five years, after admitting to the robbery.
As 19-year-old Kelsey soaked up the applause and made a speech, Murdoch's face fell as her bosses shouted in her earpiece.
Mike's face fell. He was perhaps thinking, "Oh no, not this insufferable leftist victim-worship again...." I continued: But only homeless for more than five years.
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.