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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.
Visibly happy or cheerful. I know Allison had a rough week, but she was all smiles when I saw her today. My sweet little daughter has the best disposition—she's always all smiles!
be all smiles
To be visibly happy or cheerful (sometimes to hide inner turmoil). When I saw Allison today, she was all smiles. I had no idea that her grandmother died. My sweet little daughter has the best disposition—she's all smiles all the time!
crack a smile
To smile. I got the baby to crack a smile by clapping and singing.
wipe the smile off (one's) face
To stop smiling or appearing pleased. Often used in an aggressive imperative addressed to one who appears to be enjoying the frustration or annoyance they are causing the speaker. Wipe that smile off your face, you little punk. You're going to pay for that! He can gloat all he wants, but this subpoena will wipe the smile off his face.
smile from ear to ear
To have a broad, enthusiastic smile. Tim was smiling from ear to ear when his bosses praised him during the ceremony. The kids ran around the beach in a happy frenzy, both of them smiling from ear to ear.
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.
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.
See also: smile
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.
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]
be grinning like a Cheshire cator
be smiling like a Cheshire cat
If someone is grinning like a Cheshire cat, or is smiling like a Cheshire cat, they are smiling broadly, usually in a foolish way. Standing on the door step and grinning like a Cheshire Cat was Bertie Owen. He came indoors, smiling like a Cheshire cat, expecting to be congratulated. Note: You can also say that someone has a Cheshire cat grin or a Cheshire cat smile. I complained, but Jennifer stood there with her Cheshire cat grin. A beaming Steve stood in the background, nodding his head up and down and wearing a Cheshire Cat smile on his face. Note: The Cheshire cat is a character from `Alice in Wonderland' (1865) by the English writer Lewis Carroll. This cat gradually disappears until only its huge smile remains. The idea for the character may have come from Cheshire cheese, which was made in the shape of a smiling cat. Alternatively, it may have come from hotel signs in Cheshire, UK, many of which had a picture of a smiling lion on them.
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.”
See also: smile
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.