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Cheshire cat

a constantly grinning cat in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
grin like a Cheshire cat, to smile or grin inscrutably. Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for Cheshire cat

a cat with a broad grin, esp. fictitious

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from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland's 21st Century Lexicon
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Cheshire cat in Culture
Cheshire cat [(chesh-uhr)]

A cat with an enormous grin encountered by Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. The cat tends to disappear, leaving only its smile hanging in the air.

Note: “Smiling like a Cheshire cat” refers to anyone with a conspicuous and long-lasting smile.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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