be grinning from ear to ear

be grinning from ear to ear

To have a broad, enthusiastic smile. Tim was grinning from ear to ear when his bosses praised him during the ceremony.
See also: ear, grin

be grinning from ear to ear

COMMON If you are grinning from ear to ear, you are smiling a lot and looking very happy. `I had a fantastic response,' he said, grinning from ear to ear. Note: Verbs such as smile and beam can be used instead of grin. McCarthy was beaming from ear to ear and his eyes were bright. Note: You can also say that someone has a grin from ear to ear or has a smile from ear to ear. I hadn't smiled so much in years. I had this grin from ear to ear. Note: You can use ear-to-ear before nouns such as grin and smile. All around him were more ear-to-ear grins than I have seen before.
See also: ear, grin
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Higgins, often known to bite the hand that feeds him, was said to be grinning from ear to ear.
But come next election I suspect he'll be grinning from ear to ear.
But then if we had sexy Olivier Martinez to go home to, we'd be grinning from ear to ear, too.
MEN across Wales must be grinning from ear to ear at the news that Kylie Minogue's concert on Saturday is to be broadcast live on the internet.