One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Showing no emotion in one's face; looking very serious or gloomy.‘a cold-blooded, stony-faced assassin’‘the foreign minister sat stony-faced and without applauding’
solemn, earnest, serious, sombre, sober, severeView synonyms
- ‘However, even the worst sketches elicit a happy groan rather than stony-faced silence.’
- ‘When he occasionally raised his head, the look was one of stony-faced indifference to what was happening around him.’
- ‘They run into a stony-faced receptionist who is not inclined to listen to their sales pitch.’
- ‘For their part, the women sat stony-faced, watching their menfolk make fools of themselves.’
- ‘Another American, stony-faced and wearing dark glasses, came out and stood close enough to listen.’
- ‘Murphy looked on stony-faced, showing no emotion.’
- ‘A stony-faced Chancellor refused to comment.’
- ‘Looking stony-faced, he left the police station on bail in a taxi after being questioned for six hours.’
- ‘Right after Harrington pitched in from 70 yards for his second eagle of the day, his companion walked stony-faced from the green to the next tee.’
- ‘The campaigners, however, face a stony-faced industry with the law on its side.’
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