smile on


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

smile (up)on someone or something

to bestow approval on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Fate has smiled upon me at last! I wish good luck would smile on me.
See also: on, smile

smile on someone or something

to be favorable to someone or something. Fate smiled on me and I got the job. Lady luck smiled on our venture and we made a profit.
See also: on, smile

smile on

Look with favor or approval on, as in The current administration smiles on anyone who gives it helpful publicity. [c. 1400]
See also: on, smile

smile on

v.
To regard someone or something with favor or approval: Good fortune smiled on our efforts, and our plan succeeded.
See also: on, smile