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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
grin from ear to earalso 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.
wipe the smile off your facealso 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.
very happy My boss has been all smiles lately, but I keep wondering why!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Look with favor or approval on, as in The current administration smiles on anyone who gives it helpful publicity. [c. 1400]
To regard someone or something with favor or approval: Good fortune smiled on our efforts, and our plan succeeded.
plumber’s smileand 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.”
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working man’s smileverb
See plumber’s smile
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.
smileand 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.
wearing (nothing but) a smile
tv. naked. This doll came on stage and within ten minutes she was wearing nothing but a smile.