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poker face

A blank, emotionless expression that gives no indication of one's thoughts or intentions. An allusion to this type of expression being worn by poker players so that their opponents won't know whether they had been dealt a good or bad hand. I kept looking over to see if she was impressed, but she wore a poker face throughout the performance. Now, make sure you keep your poker face on for these negotiations—we can't let them know where we stand.
See also: face, poker

poker face

A visage lacking any expression that can be interpreted, as in Whenever Betty attended one of her children's performances, she managed to keep a poker face . This term alludes to the facial expression of a poker player who is expert at concealing his feelings about his hand. [c. 1880]
See also: face, poker
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