straight face


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n straight face a serious facial expression giving no evidence of interest or amusement
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Straight face - If someone keeps a straight face, they remain serious and do not show emotion or amusement.


In literature:

Look me straight in the face.
"The Impostures of Scapin" by Molière
She came back after a while, with a perfectly straight face.
"What Katy Did" by Susan Coolidge
Then he dealt him a straight blow in the face that felled him like an ox.
"The Hunted Outlaw" by Anonymous
I sat up straight in the armchair into which I had flung myself, face downward.
"The Green Satin Gown" by Laura E. Richards
He had a smooth-shaven face, two keen eyes, a flat nose, square jaw, and a straight line of a mouth.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
His hair was dark, straight, and undistinguished; and his face, if one saw it after his figure, was something of a surprise.
"Alarms and Discursions" by G. K. Chesterton
Straight at Peter's undefended face drove Morella's lance, but lo!
"Fair Margaret" by H. Rider Haggard
After the long, straight road, and a high, sudden hill, we came face to face with the marble-white columns of the outer court.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
She looked straight into his face.
"Pee-wee Harris" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Straight at his throat sprang the yellow-faced man.
"The Yellow Streak" by Valentine Williams
It was blowing straight out of the north and into their faces.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Straight into his face shot a current of violent white light that made him blink.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
McCready hurried back to the fire and turned his face straight up to the sky.
"Kazan" by James Oliver Curwood
He's the straight goods every time, and you can see it in his eye, for he looks you direct in the face.
"At Whispering Pine Lodge" by Lawrence J. Leslie
The gentleman has snow-white hair but he has a fresh, ruddy face and walks straight like an army man or a commander.
"Erick and Sally" by Johanna Spyri
Her laughing face looked straight up into the sky.
"The Little House in the Fairy Wood" by Ethel Cook Eliot
How can we speak here with a straight face of the relation between marginal utility and price?
"Supply and Demand" by Hubert D. Henderson
Bobbs was a big, fleshy, red-faced man, with chilly blue eyes and a little straight slit of a mouth in his wide face.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
Don't look at them if you can't keep a straight face.
"The Camp Fire Girls Do Their Bit" by Hildegard G. Frey
We even pity them, those rosy, rounded faces, with their bright unmysterious eyes and straight noses and dimpled chins.
"Vanishing Roads and Other Essays" by Richard Le Gallienne

In poetry:

O may thy Spirit guide my feet
In ways of righteousness!
Make every path of duty straight,
And plain before my face.
"Psalm 5" by Isaac Watts
And, ever since, when tendrils grace
Young copse or weathered bole
With rosebuds, straight I see thy face,
And gaze into thy soul.
"A Wild Rose" by Alfred Austin
Shame-faced I watch them pay the score,
Then straight with eager footsteps press
Where waits beyond its rose-wreathed door
The Inn of Happiness.
"Transients" by Theodosia Garrison
And the tiered stranger will appear,
Hiding face, but I will catch his dream,
Looking at a lion, going near,
And an eagle, flying straight to him.
"Only Serpents" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Our spears stood bright and thick together,
Straight out the banners stream'd behind,
As we gallop'd on in the sunny weather,
With faces turn'd towards the wind.
"Riding Together" by William Morris
Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the Path, and Christ the Prize.
"Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might" by John Samuel Bewley Monsell

In news:

I Bet You Can't Keep A Straight Face .
Ben Huh of I Can Has Cheezburger on LOLWork, Reality Television and Keeping a Straight Face .
The promise of national security, with a straight face.
Democrat says with a straight face: I don't remember seeing George W Bush with a Hitler mustache.
We stumbled upon a video of a guy who isn't going to let a series of scary and very intense twists and turns get in the way of his attempt to keep a straight face while riding the 'Six Flags' "Goliath" roller coaster.
I Bet You Can't Keep A Straight Face.
Ben Huh of I Can Has Cheezburger on LOLWork, Reality Television and Keeping a Straight Face.
New York plays its best under pressure, as it did Sunday facing a third straight loss.
BYU rugby team faces the Cal Bears in Rio Tinto Stadium for the sixth straight time.
Jackets head into Dome to face Jefferson as they look for second straight championship .
Jay Cutler 's face in the middle of last Sunday's win over the Vikings that he had just gone over 1,000 yards receiving for the sixth straight season.
Jackets head into Dome to face Jefferson as they look for second straight championship.
The men's team faced Brewton-Parker for the second straight time in the regular season on Thursday night.
Americans will face Spain on Sunday for 2nd straight gold medal.
Kevin Love's face stayed straight the entire time.

In science:

Note if bj is the barycenter of the j -th face and c(bj ) 6= 0, c determines a path from c(b) to c(bj ) which is canonical upto homotopy on ∆ \ {0}. (As a representative, one can take c[bj , b], the image of the straight line from b to bj .
Homology for irregular connections
This has a geometric interpretation: If we move on a straight line from a point of F toward a point of G, then F G is the face we are in after moving a small positive distance.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
At low densities, Christensen’s result significantly overestimates data for both random models, indicating that the assumption of “straight-throu gh” faces is not justified for random foams.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
If all edges of the crease pattern are straight, every face of the crease pattern is a polygon.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
We first show that, if the edges of such a polygon remain straight (or even piecewise straight) in space, then the faces must remain planar.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
Corollary 12 For any crease pattern made up of just straight edges, any proper folding must fold the interior faces rigid ly.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
A simple inspection of the CHT raw data, taken at face value, reveals that these four clouds do not have straight-parallel fi eld lines in their envelopes.
Testing Molecular-Cloud Fragmentation Theories: Self-Consistent Analysis of OH Zeeman Observations
The idea is that the observer here basically wants to move straight on, but is faced with pedestrians walking the opposite direction.
The Effect of Integrating Travel Time