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long face

A facial expression denoting sadness. Jill had such a long face yesterday after she learned that she failed her exam. Hey, kiddo, why the long face? Is something bothering you?
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long face

A facial expression showing sadness or disappointment, as in Greg's long face was a clear indication of his feelings. [Late 1700s]
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a long face

If someone has a long face, they look very serious or unhappy. He came to me with a very long face and admitted there had been an error. There were some long faces in Paris that day. Astoundingly, an American had won the Tour de France. Note: You can also say that someone is long-faced. After a short ceremony we stood, long-faced, by the graveside.
See also: face, long

(pull, wear, etc.) a long ˈface

(have) a sad or disappointed expression: I asked him if he wanted to come out but he pulled a long face and said no.Why the long face?
See also: face, long

a long face, to wear/draw/pull

To look sad or dissatisfied. A common expression in the nineteenth century, it no doubt came from the elongated look resulting from the mouth being drawn down at the corners and the eyes downcast.
See also: draw, long, pull, wear
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There were some long faces and much yawning at Bodymoor Heath the following morning as a lack of sleep took effect.
I'd say reception has been pretty much as we expected--we knew there'd be a lot of long faces.
With yesterday's opening of the transfer window and Leeds one off the bottom in the Premiership and facing administration, it would not be surprising if there were a few long faces at the club.
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These men and women didn't even know Carlos, but there were no complaints, no long faces.
I don't think we as Christians are supposed to go around with long faces when we've so much to live for and look forward to.