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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

fortune is smiling (up)on (someone)

Someone is especially lucky, fortunate, or successful; good things tend to happen to someone. I hear that Jenny just won some major award, so soon after her huge promotion. It seems that fortune is smiling on her at the moment! Fortune has been smiling upon my younger brother since he was little: things have just always worked out for the best for him.
See also: fortune, smile

fortune smiles (up)on someone

Someone is especially lucky, fortunate, or successful; good things tend to happen to someone. I hear that Jenny just won some major award, so soon after her huge promotion. It seems that fortune smiles on her at the moment! If you're going into business for yourself, just remember that fortune smiles upon those who are willing to take risks.
See also: fortune, smile

break into a smile

To start smiling. Even though she scolded me for disrupting class, I'm pretty sure I saw Ms. Miller break into a smile for a second.
See also: break, smile

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.
See also: crack, smile

flash a smile (at someone)

Fig. to smile quickly and perhaps briefly at someone. She flashed a smile at me as if she recognized me.
See also: flash, smile

grin from ear to ear

Fig. to smile a very wide, beaming smile. She was grinning from ear to ear as she accepted the prize. We knew Timmy was happy because he was grinning from ear to ear.
See also: ear, grin

Keep smiling.

a good-bye phrase encouraging someone to have good spirits. John: Things are really getting tough. Sue: Well, just keep smiling. Things will get better. Bill: What a day! I'm exhausted and depressed. Bob: Not to worry. Keep smiling. Things will calm down.
See also: keep, smile

put a smile on someone's face

Fig. to please someone; to make someone happy. We are going to give Andy a pretty good raise, and I know that'll put a smile on his face. The surprise birthday party really put a smile on my dad's face.
See also: face, on, put, smile

smile at someone

to make a smiling face at someone. I love the way you smile at me. I am glad you smile at me occasionally.
See also: 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 (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 when you say that

Inf. I will interpret that remark as a joke or as kidding. John: You're a real pain in the neck. Bob: Smile when you say that. Sue: I'm going to bop you on the head! John: Smile when you say that!
See also: say, smile

smiling like a Cheshire cat

Fig. smiling very broadly. (Alludes to a grinning cat in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.) There he stood, smiling like a Cheshire cat, waiting for his weekly pay.
See also: cat, Cheshire, like, smile

grin from ear to ear

also smile from ear to ear
to give a very big smile He was grinning from ear to ear, as if he had just won the lottery.
See also: ear, grin

wipe the smile off your face

also wipe that smile off your face
to stop looking happy or pleased You'll feel so good, you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face.
See also: face, off, smile, wipe

all smiles

very happy My boss has been all smiles lately, but I keep wondering why!
See also: all, smile

crack a smile

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

grin/smile from ear to ear

to look extremely happy (usually in continuous tenses) We've had a fantastic response,' he said, grinning from ear to ear.
See also: ear, grin

be all smiles

to look very happy and friendly, especially when other people are not expecting you to She spent the whole of yesterday shouting at people and yet this morning she's all smiles.
See also: all, smile

wipe the smile off somebody's face

to make someone feel less happy or confident, especially someone who is annoying you because they think they are very clever Tell him you saw Helena at the cinema with another guy - that should wipe the smile off his face.
See wipe the floor with
See also: face, off, smile, wipe

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.
See also: crack, 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

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

plumber’s smile

and working man’s smile
n. the upper part of the gluteal cleft (crack sense 1) visible above the beltline of a man, bent over at work. I came into the kitchen and was greeted by a plumber’s smile owned by some guy working under the sink. She referred to the overexposure of his rear end over his belt as the “working man’s smile.”
See also: smile

working man’s smile

See also: smile, working

put a smile on someone’s face

tv. to please someone; to make someone happy. We are going to give Andy a pretty good raise, and I know that’ll put a smile on his face.
See also: face, on, put, smile


and smiler and smiley
n. a drink of liquor; liquor. Come over and join me for a smiley.

Smile when you say that

sent. Give some sort of a signal that you are only joking when you say something potentially offensive. I told him he’d better smile when he says that, or he’s going to get in trouble.
See also: say, smile

wearing (nothing but) a smile

tv. naked. This doll came on stage and within ten minutes she was wearing nothing but a smile.
See also: but, nothing, smile, wearing

wearing a smile

See also: smile, wearing
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Scientists suggest that when smiling, saying "cheeks" instead of "cheese" can be more effective in engaging the facial muscles into replicating a Duchenne smile and make one feel better too.
If genuine smiles are a form of social reward, Heerey hypothesized, people should be more likely to anticipate genuine smiles than relatively less rewarding polite smiles.
The hospital donated Dhs100 for each smile uploaded and, 210 grins later, Operation Smile's UAE director, Morag Cromey-Hawke, was handed a cheque to help transform the lives of children in a host of countries, including Ethiopia and Jordan.
The next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress," says Pressman, "you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment.
During the campaign, the Orlando CVB also raised US$19,825 for the charitable organization, Smile Train.
To the extent that smile intensity reflects an underlying emotional disposition, the results of this study are congruent with those of other studies demonstrating that emotions have a positive relationship with mental health, physical health and longevity," the study says.
A sophisticated smile gives the appearance of more intelligence, maturity and judgment.
The Smile Ambassadors managed to get a smile out of her after they explained yesterday was World Smile Day.
Gordon Brown is such a great example of this because he smiles with only his top teeth showing' his eyes are slightly involved in the smile, but one side of his mouth tends to rise up higher than the other, probably due to the tension in his top lip (and the cabinet), which creates a lop-sided effect.
The survey, involving 900 drivers, was done to coincide with National Smile Week which lasts until Saturday.
Yet mama reassures her that there are always enough smiles.
Well, in MOMMY, THE MOON SMILED AT ME, a little boy seems to think the moon smiles and has lots of fun coming up with the reasons why.
Smiling can be the subject of serious study, as in Manzini, Sadrieh, and Vriend's "On Smiles, Winks, and Handshakes as Co-ordination Devices," published by the Economics Department of the University of London.
The word smile generally makes us think of happiness, yet there are lots of other types of smiles that don't necessarily have that connotation: the leer, the snarl, the smirk, and the lewd grin, to name just a few.