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    An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    When you look at someone, for instance a musiacian who overperforms in terms of his facial expressions (making it look too unnatural, for instance a street musician who does that to collect more money by fooling some uninitiated people into belief that he does something special while actually not), what would you say to such people to tell them to look easier?

    Here I must say that you don't necessarily need to come up to one and say that but imagine you do.

    How would it sound in English to say: "Make you face look easier, brother (man, etc. ...)" ?

    Other applicable situation that could be relevant, imagine that you talk to someone and you express yourself in a straight and sincere manner and your opponent talks in response in some unnatural, maybe artistic or pretentious manner.

    How would you say it in English if you want to deliver your feeling being: "Make you face look easier, brother (man, etc. ...)" ?
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    Re: An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    We don't tell people to make their face look easier. You might say something like ​Relax, man. Don't look like you're trying so hard.
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    Re: An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We don't tell people to make their face look easier. You might say something like ​Relax, man. Don't look like you're trying so hard.
    I certainly understand that in the concurrent metropolitan EU or US environment everyone pretends to be extremely polite ans careful. However imagine maybe a market square of the Renaissance period or a saloon in the Wild West.
    I doubt those people would often exchange with 'Pardon me sir, I'd like to note that your facial expression makes me rather irritated' kind of thing.
    Maybe they would probably say something like: "Hey man - make your mug shine otherwise I'll quickly clean it up myself".

    However I'm not talking about anything like that above - rude and rough. I'd rather prefer to know some kind of sarcastic way to say that.

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    Re: An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    What GoesStation meant by 'we don't tell people' isn't that we don't say it because it's impolite, he means that we don't say it because it doesn't make any sense in English. Nobody would understand what you mean if you told them to 'make their face look easier'.

    They wouldn't be offended. They'd just be very confused.

    I can't think of any such expression in English that refers to excessive facial expressions. We do speak of 'being a ham' or 'hamming it up', when somebody is exaggerating or overdoing their actions (usually in a comedic manner), but it refers to their overall behavior, not just their facial expressions.

    I suppose you could tell somebody to 'not be such a ham' in your circumstance, but it again wouldn't refer solely to their facial expressions.
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    Re: An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We don't tell people to make their face look easier. You might say something like ​Relax, man. Don't look like you're trying so hard.
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    "Dont look like you're trying so hard" is common in my place. But we ofter say "relax" only
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jun-2018 at 12:39. Reason: Added "Not a teacher".

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    Re: An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    Quote Originally Posted by parkcy31 View Post
    Not a teacher

    "Don't look like you're trying so hard" is common in my place where I come from. But we ofter often just/simply say "Relax". only
    Please note my corrections to your response above. It's good of you to try to help other learners but you must preface your responses with "Not a teacher". I have added it for you this time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    "I'd rather prefer to know some kind of sarcastic way to say that."

    Sarcasm is often conveyed by the tone of
    voice and facial expression.
    In the case you describe you might say:
    "That must be really hard to do."
    "You look so involved in the music."
    This sort of comment could be made very sarcastic with a sceptical tone of voice and a roll of the eyes.

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    Re: An idiom asking to make ones face looking "easier"

    "Loosen up, man. You look like you've got a coke can up your a**/e."

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