Definition of long face in English:

long face


  • An unhappy or disappointed expression.

    ‘if you go to the party, don't spoil your Uncle's evening with a long face’
    • ‘Since we have a tendency to make long faces over issues that should otherwise make the countenance of our nation a smiling one, we take everything with a pinch of salt.’
    • ‘The performances are so stifled that at times one feels like throttling the characters to extract some kind of expression from them, apart from the usual long face.’
    • ‘The management had long faces when they found out.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the six school board members in attendance wore chronically long faces and unanimously concurred that this realignment thing was a terribly unfortunate matter.’
    • ‘Ardent movie buffs kept complaining that the electronic screen was no match for the big screen in the darkened auditorium, but there was nothing much that they could do about it except perhaps, go about with long faces.’
    • ‘The children were very fed up on Monday morning and there were some long faces.’
    • ‘Comedy fans up and down the country may not have been tearing their clothes and covering themselves in ashes when the third and final series of The Fast Show was aired last November, but there were certainly some long faces.’
    • ‘If we win that will put us a big step towards where we want to be, but if we lose there will be long faces all round.’
    • ‘It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone, but it's true, and quite a few long faces have been spotted on the way back to work and school on these dark January mornings.’
    • ‘There are too many people going around with long faces.’
    • ‘There were long faces on many of the students returning to Hazelwood College and the local National School after the summer break this week.’
    • ‘To our great surprise all our friends and relatives have come instantly to our house only to collect their respective items with long faces.’
    • ‘Even though students got an extra week, long faces were to be seen.’
    • ‘Then we'd all go around with long faces for a week, until we began to think of something else and cheered up.’
    • ‘The problem is, they all do it with such long faces that they look like they're really hating it.’
    • ‘Inevitably there were long faces among the home fans at the end of what has been an unfortunate week for the Perth side.’
    • ‘We celebrate it in our own way, with a hunt and a feast, rather than by putting on long faces and pounding our chests and going to bed hungry like foolish monks.’


long face

/lôNG fās/ /lɔŋ feɪs/