Definition of Pull a face

1. Verb. Contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state. "He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do"

Exact synonyms: Grimace, Make A Face
Specialized synonyms: Squinch, Squint, Wince, Smile, Frown, Glower, Lour, Lower, Screw Up, Mop, Mow, Pout
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate
Derivative terms: Grimace

Definition of Pull a face

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To make an abnormal facial expression, either intentionally of because of an emotion. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pull A Face

pull a
pull a Homer
pull a face (current term)
pull a fast one
pull a fast one on
pull ahead
pull along
pull an all-nighter
pull an oar
pull apart
pull at
pull away
pull back
pull chain
pull down

Literary usage of Pull a face

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Honeymoon: A Comedy in Three Acts by Arnold Bennett (1912)
"Essentially hysterical in a crisis, but does not pull a face before weeping, probably owing to advice from toilette specialist." Yes, full stop. ..."

2. A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighbourhood of Sheffield by Sidney Oldall Addy (1888)
"Used in the expression to pull a face, to make a grimace. ' He failed a face as long as a fiddle. ..."

3. Sporting Magazine edited by [Anonymus AC02751662] (1831)
"... finds himself fairly beat, though he may pull a face as long as to-day and to-morrow, yet it is by no means so lasting a disappointment, nor attended ..."

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