What does "boo-boo face" mean? I've found it many times before but can't understand it. Is it a recent expression? What is the etymology of boo-boo face?

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    What does your dictionary show for the meaning of boo-boo? – Kristina Lopez Jun 16 '14 at 23:13
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    Your question is unclear. Could you please add some context for the use of boo-boo face, to help us understand what you are asking? – Theodore Broda Jun 16 '14 at 23:25
  • That face you make right before you cry. In my experience people use it mostly when referring to younglings that have just suffered a minor physical injury (often regarded as a boo-boo). – please delete me Jun 16 '14 at 23:40
  • Boo-hoo is the sound a small child makes when they cry, usually it's over and done with quickly. You can also use this expression to mock someone's distress if you believe it is trivial. Boo-boo on the other hand is new to me, and I had to look it up. – Mari-Lou A Jun 17 '14 at 3:27

My guess would be, that "boo-boo face" refers to the face someone might make when they've gotten an injury of some kind, a cut or a bruise. Children and adults will sometimes refer to a small injury as a "boo-boo".

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