Cheshire cat

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Cheshire cat

One who is smiling smugly or mischievously. The term was popularized by the character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I knew he had a prank planned for April Fools' Day when he arrived at work grinning like a Cheshire cat.
See also: cat, Cheshire

Cheshire cat

Having a perpetual, mischievous grin, one that is often indistinguishable from smugness. Although the Cheshire cat is best known as a character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it appeared much earlier in popular English culture, so the phrase may have originally referred to cheese made in the country of Cheshire and molded roughly to resemble a grinning cat. Lewis Carroll's feline had the ability to disappear until only its smile remained. The cheese variety would be sliced from hind end to front, which similarly gave the impression that its smile—if cheese showed emotion—would be the last to go.
See also: cat, Cheshire
References in classic literature ?
`It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, `and that's why.
Gilcomston School's entry took the form of a Cheshire Cat, complete with bow tie and hat, and was the brainchild of P6 pupil Isla Tait.
Why, you wouldn't blame him if he grinned like a Cheshire cat.
The thing that annoyed me was our beloved PM Gordon Brown standing grinning like a Cheshire cat.
where does the phrase grinning like a Cheshire cat come from?
SARAH Ferguson grins like a Cheshire cat at a gig by the Pussycat Dolls and Snoop Dogg in New York.
Millionaire Rebus author Rankin was beaming like a Cheshire cat after the charity auction.
What lovely pictures of Gordon Brown beaming like a Cheshire cat at the birth of his daughter, Jennifer Jane And what a change from the Iron Chancellor.
And after a scorching version of Get Happy, in homage to singing legend Judy Garland, we've no doubt actress Katie's stunning black hotpants left Tom grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Hopefully, it will mean we'll see fewer photos of Posh grinning like a Cheshire cat in one of her contrived poses.
MACCLESFIELD recorded their eighth draw of the season, but their gritty display against high-flying Brighton still had boss Peter Davenport purring like a Cheshire cat.