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    Default idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    Hi,

    There are two idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion, esp. amusement":

    To keep a straight face
    To keep one’s countenance

    I think that the 1st one is more common. Am I right?
    Do you use other idioms with this sense?

    Many thanks for all your answers!

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    I'm not sure about amusement, but a person can have a poker face (showing no expression on their face)

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    Deadpan is kind of related.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I'm not sure about amusement, but a person can have a poker face (showing no expression on their face)
    And just as someone with a poker face doesn't have to be playing poker (although showing no expression is a good idea in that context), a person can be said to 'be playing his/her cards close to his/her chest' although no playing cards are actually involved.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    I thought "not bat an eye/eyelid" might also be worth mentioning.
    When somebody doesn't bat an eye, they don't show any reaction, especially when something unusual happens. I guess it's a good one when describing someone who doesn't seem shocked or surpised or upset.

    When I told my boyfriend I wanted to go to Europe for six months alone, he didn't bat an eyelid. Now I'm wondering if he loves me at all.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    The British idiom "Not turn a hair" mean to not seem at all surprised or shocked.
    For example: "I was expecting her to be furious but she didn't turn a hair".

    I'm not sure whether it is common.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    give a blank stare
    have a blank face

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    Stiff upper lip.
    This is a fairly known British idiom, although not really used in Canada.
    But maybe the Brits should confirm if I have used it correctly.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    Stiff upper lip.
    This is a fairly known British idiom, although not really used in Canada.
    But maybe the Brits should confirm if I have used it correctly.

    Not a teacher.
    I think stiff upper lip means not showing negative emotions. For example, if something is upsetting. I don't think it's used for not showing amusement. But I could be wrong. All my knowledge about the UK derives from Father Ted*.




    * Slight exaggeration.


    AC/DC - Stiff upper lip


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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to avoid showing any emotion"

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I think stiff upper lip means not showing negative emotions. For example, if something is upsetting. I don't think it's used for not showing amusement. But I could be wrong. All my knowledge about the UK derives from Father Ted*.




    * Slight exaggeration.


    AC/DC - Stiff upper lip


    I would agree. It is normally said to keep one from breaking down.
    As far as I know.


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