crack a smile

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crack a smile (third-person singular simple present cracks a smile, present participle cracking a smile, simple past and past participle cracked a smile)

  1. (idiomatic) To smile, especially while attempting not to.
    • 2020, Dana Foote (lyrics and music), “Wrath”, in Party Favors, performed by Sir Chloe:
      I, I tried / To be complacent for a while / It got hard to crack a smile
  2. (idiomatic) To begin to smile.

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