crack a smile


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crack a smile

To smile. I got the baby to crack a smile by clapping and singing.
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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.
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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.
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See, English can be fun and can crack a smile among the most morose.
Now you can crack a smile and never mind the beeswax.
Among the guests arriving for the blessing were Owen's former Liverpool team-mates Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, but most failed to even crack a smile as their cars swept past the assembled press pack.
Next time you come across a grump in the dumps, flash him a grin and a cheerful "hello." Most people will crack a smile or at least lose the sullen look.
If he got the joke and laughed, then I was encouraged to crack a smile, too.