Is there a phrase for making a specific expression towards someone? How can I say something like:

Jonas made his sexy face towards the cashier?

Jonas threw his sexy face at her?

Jonas gave her a sexy face?

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    There are faces and looks and they are not the same. We make faces and give looks. There is no such thing as "making a sexy face" though there is such a thing a "giving a sexy look". A face is a caricature of the underlying emotion. For most people, I think, a caricature of sexiness would be a turn-off :)
    – TimR
    May 25, 2018 at 11:15
  • Actually, there is no reason not to say "make a sexy face" as in to make a funny face. He made a sexy face for her. It could be read as comical.
    – Lambie
    May 25, 2018 at 11:28
  • Moreover, certain verbs that go with the noun look, on the other hand, cannot be used with all looks. She might throw him a nasty look, but she cannot throw him a sexy look. It's grammatical but its effect is farcical. So, the answer to your question would depend on what specifically you're trying to say. Are you wanting to describe a natural expression of emotion, or the facial caricature of it? And what specifically is the underlying emotion? Is sexy just an example in your question, or is it central to your question?
    – TimR
    May 25, 2018 at 11:28
  • There's plenty of reason to say, or not to say, "make a sexy face". It comes down to what you're trying to say. I assume the question goes beyond the merely grammatical.
    – TimR
    May 25, 2018 at 11:31
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo Yes, sexy was just an example, I was looking for the phrase throwing a look, thank you.
    – Probably
    May 25, 2018 at 12:30

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  • John put on his sexy face for the cashier.
  • John flashed the cashier a sexy smile.
  • John gave the cashier a sexy look or smile.
  • John glanced sexily at the cashier.
  • John's face looked sexy when he looked at her.
  • John's turned his sexy face her way.

Those are off the top of my head. There are probably many more.

There's nothing wrong with "gave her a sexy face". But that might sound like he is being photographed.


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