plastic smile

plastic smile

A forced, artificial smile; a smile someone wears despite having no feelings of happiness or joy. John seemed fine at first glance, but before long, I could tell that he was wearing a plastic smile and that something was bothering him. Look at that his big plastic smile—he's such a conman! I sure hope he doesn't win the election.
See also: plastic, smile
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Mantel made headlines last month after she criticised Kate Middleton as having no personality and appearing to have been "gloss-varnished" with a perfect plastic smile, during a lecture at the British Museum.
In a thoughtful lecture organized by the London Review of Books, Mantel suggested that Kate appeared "designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished.
During a lecture at the British Museum, Mantel, the double Booker Prize winner, said Kate appeared to have been "gloss-varnished" with a perfect plastic smile, in contrast to Princess Diana, who she described as awkward and emotionally incontinent.
During a lecture at the British Museum, the double Booker Prize-winner said Kate appeared to have been "gloss-varnished" with a perfect plastic smile in contrast to Diana, Princess of Wales, whom she described as awkward and emotionally incontinent.
During a lecture at the British Museum two weeks ago, the double Booker Prize winner criticised Kate as appearing to have been "gloss-varnished" with a perfect plastic smile in contrast to Princess Diana, who she described as awkward and emotionally incontinent.
To that end, the Ministry dispatches a new professor to Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton, the best Potter baddie yet), a self-satisfied, supercilious woman whose frozen, plastic smile masks a fear and loathing of children.
With his permanent beaming plastic smile, Donald will guide you through the Happy Valley, a place where love leaps and sadness sleeps.
The heavy, belligerent techno of Plastic Smile and We Came, We Saw, We Killed The Crowd was miles away from the accessible pop that started the show.
Though he knew how to play the game, he never fell into the plastic smile and firm handshake business world.
You could tell by the nervous plastic smile glued to her chops that offers like this don't come along too often.
A plastic smile immediately spread across his face.
They saw beneath that rather plastic smile he kept putting on for television an anger in his eyes.
For someone whose career has been a qualified success, the reason for the po-face, a far cry from the plastic smile he employs during the tap- dancing routines he practises in his spare time, is unclear.
Sadly, we are sometimes faced today with chain store zombies, trained at the firm's headquarters to deliver that very corporate plastic smile or synthetic "have a nice day", said without a spark of sincerity.
The Duchess of Cambridge "appeared to have been designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished.