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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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There's certainly amusement in seeing pokerfaced elementary-to-high-school kids (as they aged over the seven-year production course) take on grown-up adventure roles.
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Tag-team hosts Darlene Hill and Mark Saxenmeyer whose pokerfaced appearances seem like some thing out of a Christopher Guest film--set up the situation, introduce the players and solemnly weigh each shocking or poignant new development.
I thought I was pokerfaced when the balls were pulled out," smiled McClennan, whose dad Mike guided St Helens to a Wembley final.
Then again, it's just the kind of humor that sends some people into hysterics; one man sits in pokerfaced perplexity while his date dissolves in helpless fits of giggles.