straight face


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keep a straight face

To have an emotionless facial expression, especially in a humorous situation that could easily cause one to laugh. It's so hard to keep a straight face on camera when you have hilarious co-stars like I do.
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*straight face

Fig. a face free from smiles or laughter. (*Typically: have ~; keep ~.) It's hard to keep a straight face when someone tells a funny joke.
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Reunited with Guillambert this time, Straight Face can shrug off a career-high mark and take the honours.
She reminds me of me when I was riding" - Gay Kelleway thinks Cathrine Gannon, successful on Straight Face, is as good as any girl jockey on the circuit Who would have finished closer than sixth but for meeting trouble in the staying handicap?
The straight face reflects how drivers may feel if they receive a speeding fine, and the sad face focuses on the hard reality and horror associated with road crashes.
Despite his undeniable public record, Thurmond says with a straight face, "Well, honestly in my heart, I've never been a racist.
Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, birds and elephants do it, yet poop is one of those subjects people find difficult to talk about with a straight face.
Ahead of the release of 'Breaking Dawn: Part One' on DVD, bloopers from the film have been released showing the stars of the film finding it difficult to keep a straight face.
She reminds me of me when I was riding" - Gay Kelleway thinks Catherine Gannon, successful on Straight Face, is as good as any female jockey on the circuit Who would have finished closer than sixth but for meeting trouble in the staying handicap?
Never knowingly realistic, Bonekickers is a bizarre Indiana Jones rip-off chronicling the roller-coaster careers of wonder woman Magwilde (played with an admirably straight face by Julie Graham) and her cliched squad of caricature "brilliant" sidekicks.
Here's hoping Fergie keeps a straight face while making a compelling case for John Barnes.
How could you keep a straight face when Brian Cox [as Deirdre's eccentric psychiatrist, who adopts teenage Augusten] described his "masturbatorium"?
He even managed to keep a straight face when he split his trousers, exposing his Calvin Kleins.
Can we continue with a straight face to call ourselves the city of dreams when we boast the third-lowest rate of homeownership in the nation, and according to one recent study, we have the nation's smallest middle class?
those carrying the stretcher had failed miserably to keep a straight face when Robbie Savage was ceremoniously 'removed' from the heat of the titanic Rovers v United battle on Wednesday night.
A smiley face, a straight face, and a sad face will be used to demonstrate emotions associated with speeding.
Gates actually said, with a straight face, "I just know what I read in the papers.