To make up a face

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To make up a face to distort the face as an expression of pain or derision.
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Quotations

  • Billie Burke
    Billie Burke
    “A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.”

Usage

In literature:

Her face is cunning and pretty, and she makes a funny, blarneying noise when I go up to her.
"A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" by Isabella L. Bird
Don't pull such a long face: but be a man, and make up your mind to it, as the geese do to going barefoot.
"Madam How and Lady Why or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children" by Charles Kingsley
At the moment she was putting a few last touches to her perfect face from a make-up box held by a maid.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
He put up first one hand and then the other to each side of his face to make sure if he were not dreaming a horrible nightmare.
"Japanese Fairy Tales" by Yei Theodora Ozaki
I went myself to clean up and make some broth, but that toad of a Portugais shut the door in my face.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
And I'm much obliged to you for making up such a face.
"What Maisie Knew" by Henry James
Its rose-leaf of a face was wrinkled up in its efforts to make its terrified little voice heard.
"The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise" by Margaret Burnham
His "make-up" was very pale, and this made his face beautiful when one was close to him, but at a distance it gave him a haggard look.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
Bring your uncle here to face me without telling him what it's for, without giving him time to make up a story.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
It would take a lifetime of devotion to make up for that look in your face!
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
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In poetry:

Then, as Spike makes a move, I raised me mits
Fearin' a foul; an' Rat-face does 'is block.
'E loosens up a string uv epi-tits
That seem to jolt the parson with a shock.
Filthy an' free they was, make no mistakes.
Then Snowy wakes.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis

In news:

While '30 Rock' gears up for its final 13 episodes on NBC, don't make the mistake of believing that a half-season means any less room for both new, and familiar faces to drop and send the acclaimed NBC meta-comedy off.
The fall television season is in high gear, and there seems to be a barrage of tight skirts, panty-hosed legs and perfectly made-up faces making their way from the 1960s to the small screen.
Applied Materials, facing a sputtering economy and weak demand for its chip-making equipment, said Wednesday that it is cutting its workforce by up to 9 percent.
My new boyfriend, yea right, also posted a pic of himself on the phone and holding a mug at his on-set desk, as well as a photo of his beat-up face with the caption: "Rough morning…" Come to mama, I will make it all better.
Faced with higher fuel prices, airlines have come up with a variety of fees to make money on top of airfares.
A 15.5 game lead in the division and facing a starter with a record of 0-9 had to make you think the ValleyCats were licking their chops at lighting up the Lake Monsters on Saturday.
Almost every guy will tell a woman to her face that she doesn't need make-up to look good, and even that they look better without any make-up at all.
Whether you are stepping up to the plate to face a 95 mph fastball or making a sales presentation, confidence can make or break your performance.
Many Americans who wake up with a sore throat face a choice that workers in most other countries do not have to make: go to work sick or stay home and lose a day's pay.
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In science:

Taken at face-value, Table 8 seems to suggest that the obscured fraction of broad-line quasars declines with intrinsic luminosity with these red quasars only making up a relatively small fraction of modest luminosity Type 1 quasars at z ∼2.
Heavily Reddened Quasars at z~2 in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey: A Transitional Phase in AGN Evolution
In this case, by shrinking each component of ∂C0 to a vertex, and by pulling up (down resp.) the vertices obtained from flat face down (up resp.) 2-spheres to make them in the same level, we obtain a signed vertex graph, say G0 , where the high (low resp.) vertices are the + (− resp.) vertices.
A search method for thin positions of links
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