wipe the smile off (one's) face

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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.
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wipe the smile off someone's face

cause someone to stop feeling so contented, complacent, or proud.
See also: face, off, smile, wipe

wipe the/that ˈsmile, ˈgrin, etc. off your/somebody’s face

(informal)
1 used to tell somebody to stop smiling, etc. because it is annoying or not appropriate: Wipe that smile off your face or I’ll send you out of the classroom.
2 make somebody feel less happy or satisfied with something: The news from the stock market soon wiped the smile off his face.
See also: face, off, that, wipe
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So, when Robert finds out Nick sent away a competitor who wanted to poach him, he tears into Nick, promising to wipe the smile off his face.
The resulting free-kick from Jeronimo Barrales squirmed through Kane's grasp, but that was not enough to wipe the smile off his face.
Crusaders 1 Glenavon 4 GLENAVON boss Gary Hamilton just couldn't wipe the smile off his face after his team's dramatic landmark win at Seaview.
LIVERPOOL singer Andy Brown can't wipe the smile off his face - and who could blame him?
Alas, there are only so many times you can watch a smug Frenchman unaccountably get the girl before you want something unfortunate to wipe the smile off his face (the 'Sarkozy Effect').
One irate Ton fan tried to wipe the smile off his face but as Griffiths revealed, it was the ref who eventually floored him.
Even the prospect of spending the festive season in a war-zone fails to wipe the smile off his face.
Labour candidate Margaret Curran hit back yesterday with a verbal attack on SNP leader Alex Salmond, saying: "I think a lot of people would thank me if I got to wipe the smile off his face.
Mark Regan is still struggling to wipe the smile off his face after being labelled a clown by France coach Marc Lievremont.
Thompson said: "Curtis is quite an emotional person and it took a few days to wipe the smile off his face after the Belfast game.
Having missed out on bench duty for the goalless draw with Israel on Saturday, it was a fitting end to Nugent's fairytale week and he is adamant fans' reaction to England lying fourth in their qualifying group will not wipe the smile off his face.
SIMON DYSON could not wipe the smile off his face when interviewed after his final-round 62 in the BMW International Open on Sunday and if the bookmaker's son can carry that form to Switzerland this week he will be a serious contender, writes Steve Palmer.
Kerry's mum Diane Chopping said: ``It was brilliant - nothing could wipe the smile off his face.
Albion will be in the mood to wipe the smile off his face.
I hope he, and others like him up and down the country, are enjoying the money, because he might like to consider that it'll only take one accident to wipe the smile off his face.
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