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crack a smile

To smile. I got the baby to crack a smile by clapping and singing.
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crack a smile

to grin; to smile. I was tellin' my best jokes, but Jim never cracked a smile. She looked surprised, and then cracked a big, beautiful smile.
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crack a smile

  (informal)
to smile, especially when you do not feel like smiling (usually negative) The man barely cracked a smile at his friend's joke.
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crack a smile

Smile, as in Betty was a very serious person; she rarely cracked a smile. This colloquialism transfers crack in the sense of "break" to breaking a serious facial expression into a smile.
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