wipe the smile off (one's) face(redirected from wipes the smile off their faces)
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.
wipe the smile off someone's facecause someone to stop feeling so contented, complacent, or proud.
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.