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po-faced

Having an overly stern, disapproving, and humorless demeanor. Primarily heard in UK. The film works because it isn't po-faced about it. Instead, it uses humour to great effect in highlighting just how multifaceted the difficult topic can be. I'll never forget our bizarre school dances, with dozens of hormone-frenzied teens under the watchful eyes of po-faced priests.
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If the po-faced want to have a go at somebody, they should aim their barbs at those health and safety nannies who've made putting up street decorations so costly and difficult that many of our thoroughfares are as threadbare as a brothel's carpet.
He isn't `robbing' the pensions funds - he is denying them tax breaks, and as to whether he is po-faced or not - what the heck does it matter what he looks like
Among the po-faced was a Ken Stringer, CEO of Alliance, an addicts' support group.
I've always been a bit po-faced about the idea that all you need to do to be put in the hallowed halls of method acting with Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro is put on loads of weight.
We have endured po-faced politicians and city executives avoiding to mention that this state of affairs was predicted over a century ago by Karl Marx as a result of ruthless pursuit of profit.
Or am I being a po-faced protestant party pooper about what is waste anyway?
But while the writers can be scathing in print, even the most po-faced know-it-all is generally courteous when they talk to players in person.
Stone-faced over a concrete structure, the Booth and Lederboer building was a chokingly buttoned-up, po-faced compromise between neo-Georgian and Modernism (AR November 1957).
We were trying to get across that ceramics can be fun and it shouldn't be po-faced and very serious.
THE torrent of po-faced hypocrisy that followed last weekend's Old Firm match kept me chuckling for days.
Next to the video, the photographs tended to lose some of their po-faced autonomy: Everything excluded by the earlier project was seemingly replenished by the later.
Learning to crack a smile is a serious business, as po-faced Germans go through the painstaking and sometimes painful process of discovering mirth.
RICHARD Huddleston's amusing letter extending the logic of female only railway carriages to male only motorways (in the interests of safety) led to the predictable fury of some of the po-faced, humourless and politically correct contributions to Feedback.
The po-faced apology came as we learned the average Brit utters four swear words a week.
Griffiths was slapped with a notice of complaint by po-faced Hampden compliance officer Vincent Lunny after being filmed leading a sing-along in a Turn to Page 59 From Back Page pub with fellow Hibs fans before heading to Tynecastle for Sunday's Edinburgh derby.