Facial Expressions, Serious

Facial Expressions, Serious



  1. Face all clouds, like a man in need of physic —George Garrett
  2. A face as sad and featureless as a moon by day —George Garrett
  3. Face austere as a hermit’s —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  4. Face … gloomy as an El Greco —John Fowles

    Carlos Baker makes the El Greco comparison with ‘Long,’ which explains the meaning to include mood as well as physical shape.

    See Also: FACIAL SHAPE

  5. Face grim as flu —Reynolds Price
  6. Face like a clenched fist —Richard Condon
  7. A face like a stomach cramp —Loren D. Estleman
  8. Face like a vinegar bottle —Erich Maria Remarque
  9. Face … somber as a churchman’s —Richard Ford
  10. Face tightened up like a charley-horse —Raymond Chandler
  11. Face was long, like a sheep’s —W. Somerset Maugham

    The comparison is used to describe both sadness and a long-shaped face. To emphasize the psychological there’s Daphne du Maurier’s “Long and grave … like a complaining sheep.” To combine both meanings there’s this by Margaret Atwood: “Face … long and mournful, like a sheep’s, but with the large full eyes of a dog, spaniel not terrier.”

  12. Grim as an ideological bigot —Frank Swinnerton
  13. Had the face of a man suffering the awaited death of a loved one who’s terminally ill —Mario Puzo
  14. Had the look of a boy who had just lost his puppy to the county dogcatcher —Clive Cussler
  15. He [Calvin Coolidge] looks as if he’d been weaned on a pickle —Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  16. His long grim face, with the mouth running across its lower hem like a slipped thread in a linen sack, was as pitted as a battlefield —Cynthia Ozick
  17. A long sad face like a cocker spaniel —George Garrett
  18. Looked dismayed, like a child who’s been used to hearing the same story with the same happy ending, and now the ending has been changed —Margaret Millar
  19. Looked like a man being strapped into the electric chair while his wife French-kisses the D.A. in the hallway —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  20. Looking as if the dentist had told him he’d have to have all his teeth pulled —Ross Macdonald
  21. Looking as pensive as a monk in a spiritual crisis —Scott Spencer
  22. Looking like a broody hen —Margaret Kennedy
  23. (You) look like you just swallowed a bone —Charles Johnson
  24. Sour and gray in the face, like a man who detests the food that keeps him alive; and must yet have it —Paul Horgan
  25. Troubled face … like a gravel parking lot —Ken Follett,
  26. Wore a permanently pinched look, as if he had just bitten into a piece of spoiled fish that he could neither swallow or spit out —Amos Oz
  27. Worried look, like a bird dog uncertain of the scent —Elizabeth Spencer
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.