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a straight face

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.
See also: face, straight
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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.
See also: face, straight
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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