make a face (at someone)

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make a face (at someone)

To make a distorted, silly, or humorous facial expression (at someone), usually for one's own or someone else's amusement, or as a show of disgust. Young lady, don't you make a face at me! You will eat your broccoli or you won't have any dessert. The teacher scolded Jimmy for making faces at her from the back of class.
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make a face

 (at someone) and make faces (at someone)
1. to show a funny or distorted expression to someone in ridicule. Mother, Billy made a face at me! The teacher sent Jane to the principal for making a face in class.
2. to attempt to communicate to someone through facial gestures, usually an attempt to say "no" or "stop." I started to tell John where I was last night, but Bill made a face so I didn't. John made a face at me as I was testifying, so I avoided telling everything.
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make a face

Grimace, distort the facial features, as in The teacher told Joan to stop making faces at Mary. This expression was first recorded in 1570.
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make a face

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pull a face

BRITISH
COMMON If you make a face or pull a face, you show a feeling such as dislike by twisting your face into an ugly expression. She made a face at the smell, and hurried to open the windows. He was taught from an early age to address people as `Mister' and not to poke his tongue out or pull faces. Note: If someone makes or pulls a particular kind of face, they show that feeling in their expression. `Here I am,' Chee said. `What can I do?' Janet made a wry face. He pulled funny faces at her and cracked a few jokes.
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make a face

To distort the features of the face; grimace.
See also: face, make