shit-eating grin

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shit-eating grin (plural shit-eating grins)

  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) A broad smile indicating self-awareness that may suggest self-satisfaction, smugness, discomfort, or embarrassment.
    • 2006, Ted Bell, Spy: A Thriller, ISBN 9780743277235, p. 29:
      He was at the wheel of his brand-new 1965 GTO, top down, wearing a super-sized shit-eating grin on his face.

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  • The term is ambiguous and may indicate either a genuine broad smile (e.g. smug happiness) or a fake broad smile (e.g. trying to hide or get away with something).

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  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.