Cheshire cat


Also found in: Dictionary, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Cheshire cat

One who is smiling smugly or mischievously. The term was popularized by the character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I knew he had a prank planned for April Fools' Day when he arrived at work grinning like a Cheshire cat.
See also: cat, Cheshire

Cheshire cat

Having a perpetual, mischievous grin, one that is often indistinguishable from smugness. Although the Cheshire cat is best known as a character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it appeared much earlier in popular English culture, so the phrase may have originally referred to cheese made in the country of Cheshire and molded roughly to resemble a grinning cat. Lewis Carroll's feline had the ability to disappear until only its smile remained. The cheese variety would be sliced from hind end to front, which similarly gave the impression that its smile—if cheese showed emotion—would be the last to go.
See also: cat, Cheshire
References in periodicals archive ?
Regardless of when physicists make sense of the results, the Cheshire Cat technique could become a useful tool.
Stipendiary steward Louise Williams said: "Sir Duke clipped the heels of New Guinea and fell and brought down Speed Gifted and Cheshire Cat.
He also performed the revised voices of the Cheshire Cat and the King of Hearts in Disneyland's Alice in Wonderland ride.
Alice's Cheshire cat said, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will do.
It will feature familiar characters like the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the Jabberwock, as well as new ones like giant ants.
Just what does the Cheshire Cat know about Internet marketing that many Web site owners do not?
I had watched him disappear like the slowly dissolving Cheshire Cat.
Often changing size unexpectedly (she grows as tall as a house and shrinks to three inches), Alice encounters such characters as the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle, and the Red Queen.
You sit like the king of trumpet Between my grandmama & wife, Youngblood, a Cheshire cat Hoodooing two birds at once.
Everyone was sneezing except the cook and a Cheshire cat, which sat on the hearth grinning.
On the face of it, studies such as Steven Erie's contribution of Volume 15 to the California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy would seem worthy of study by the lonely and disconsolate now weary of the texts of all those Gideon Bibles they've been reading in Iowa farmhouses and New Hampshire motels since Jimmy Carter did his Cheshire cat routine in the 1980 rout.
The hardliners will run things while Reagan perches on a safe limb above it all, taking credit, evading blame, covering for them: an incorporeal smile, like the Cheshire cat.
99 and lets users play as Alice through up to 10 multi-level environments, hundreds of puzzles and curious challenges, all while encountering her famous childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter.
Thomas Skelding got dressed up as Vegeta from the Japanese manga series Dragon Ball and Liam Smith came as the Cheshire Cat in a full body outfit.
Full browser ?