smiling like a Cheshire cat

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
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I was smiling like a Cheshire cat all the way through, especially when he sang Babe
PETER HETHERSTON was smiling like a Cheshire cat after watching his Albion Rovers side win a six- goal thriller at Hampden to go top of the Third Division.
It had my wife smiling like a Cheshire cat and she doesn't smile very often.