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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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References in classic literature ?
For an instant the nobles looked relieved, and then as their eyes fell upon the leader of the new party their faces fell, for he was Talu, rebel Prince of Marentina, and they knew that they could look for neither aid nor mercy at his hands.
Faces fell for a while on the news of S and P downgrading Pakistan from B to B-, but investors soon shrugged off the downgrade.
Champions Holland were on a third straight Olympic title and their faces fell as Team GB twice came from behind to earn a shoot-out.
Getting out of the cab, their disappointment at it being only me was so touching, as their faces fell.
Her family's faces fell as they learnt of Knox's fate and her sister Deanna Knox wept uncontrollably.
His reunion with The Faces fell apart at the beginning of the year (09).
The Spaniard made changes to the side thrashed 5-0 by Manchester United but the fresh faces fell apart as soon as Ishmel Demontagnac hammered home on three minutes.
Their faces fell, however, when they learned I lacked certification.
We told the PCSOs we had the picture and their faces fell. I'm not surprised."