cheshire-cat

Cheshire cat

noun
1.
a constantly grinning cat in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Idioms
2.
grin like a Cheshire cat, to smile or grin inscrutably.
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Cheshire cat
and its proverbial grin attested from 1770, of unknown origin.
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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.
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