grin like a Cheshire cat
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- (simile) To smile broadly, especially in a self-satisfied way.
- 1792, John Wolcot (under the pseudonym Peter Pindar), Pair of Lyric Epistles:
- Lo, like a Cheshire cat our court will grin.
- 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 127:
- ‘It’s almost as if we’ve gone silly with happiness,’ said Marcus two days later. ‘Everyone in the house going round grinning like a lot of Cheshire Cats! The family I mean.’ ‘And Jess,’ said Kitto quickly. ‘Oh well, Jess is as good as family,’ said Fanny comfortably. Jessamy said nothing, but she looked up quickly and her smile would have rivalled any Cheshire Cat.
- John ended the set with a beautiful serve, an ace, and could not help grinning like a Cheshire cat.
- Synonym: smile from ear to ear
to smile broadly