fish-eating grin

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  • (file)

Noun[edit]

fish-eating grin (plural fish-eating grins)

  1. (idiomatic) A broad smile indicating self-awareness that may suggest self-satisfaction, smugness, discomfort, or embarrassment.
    • 2002, Brian Cruver, Anatomy of greed: The Unshredded Truth from an Enron Insider[1], →ISBN, page 337:
      I had a few questions for him myself, but I just stood there and stared. He had a fish-eating grin on his face.
    • 2008, Joel Stratte-McClure, The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean[2], →ISBN:
      Then the Gypsy makes a crack about my accent. "You talk like a Spanish cow," he says with a fish-eating grin.

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