grin like a cheshire cat

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To smile broadly, especially in a self-satisfied way.

Etymology:

  • Attested since at least the 1780s. The reason why Cheshire was combined with cat is disputed: see here for more information.
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John ended the set with a beautiful serve, an ace, and could not help grinning like a Cheshire cat.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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