keep a straight face

keep a straight face

To have an emotionless facial expression, especially in a humorous situation that could easily cause one to laugh. It's so hard to keep a straight face on camera when you have hilarious co-stars like I do.
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keep a straight face

Don't show one's feelings, especially refrain from laughing. For example, The school orchestra played so many wrong notes that I had trouble keeping a straight face . [Late 1800s]
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keep a straight face

COMMON If you keep a straight face, you manage not to laugh or smile. `I don't see that there's anything funny about it,' he said, offended. `Of course there isn't,' she said, trying to keep a straight face. Note: You can also say that you say or do something with a straight face. We've all been practising trying to say we charge $1,000 an hour with a straight face. Note: You can also say that someone is straight-faced. It's the way he tells a joke. He's completely straight-faced and I just fall about laughing.
See also: face, keep, straight

keep a straight face

manage to not show any facial expression, even though you are amused.
See also: face, keep, straight
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