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A cat depicted with a broad fixed grin, as popularized through Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865).
- ‘His grin reminded me of a Cheshire cat and I decided that a couple of kilometres over the limit wouldn't hurt too much.’
- ‘She gave me a Cheshire cat grin and pecked my cheek.’
- ‘The ultimate goal of the Socratic method is for the students to ask their own questions while the teacher does nothing at all, disappearing like the Cheshire cat, with a grin and a wave.’
- ‘She opened her streaming, dead green eyes, grinning so widely that she looked like a Cheshire cat.’
- ‘There is the hallucinogenic Cheshire cat and the sleeping doormouse in Alice in Wonderland.’
- ‘With Cheshire cat smiles, they claim they're only the messengers.’
- ‘When I saw the exhibition at a second venue, the spare white gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Cheshire cat was back, more vivid than ever.’
- ‘Everyone winces a bit but Gray just sits there, giddily happy, grinning as if he were the Cheshire cat and someone had just complimented his invisibility.’
- ‘Just thinking about the moment makes her beam like a Cheshire cat.’
- ‘She smiled at him again, looking like a Cheshire cat.’
- ‘He gave me a big Cheshire cat grin and a sudden, sloppy kiss.’
- ‘‘I think it would have been better if the Cheshire cat murdered everyone in the end,’ I said as we walked towards our car.’
- ‘Only his outrage, like the grin of the Cheshire cat, is clear.’
- ‘With the help of a decrepit Cheshire cat, Alice must battle the undead and the queen's guards in order to save Wonderland from a horrible fate.’
- ‘We watched Alice in Wonderland, laughing at the silly Cheshire cat and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.’
- ‘I simply nodded my head with a Cheshire cat grin.’
- ‘And a gentle trip around Christ Church gives Lewis Carroll fans a treat by re-discovering the real world of Alice and the Cheshire cat.’
- ‘A Cheshire cat grin spread across my face, ‘What, cat got your tongue?’’
- ‘How, for example, does one represent the elusive Cheshire cat whose face disappears, leaving only its trademark grin?’
- ‘I can almost feel his Cheshire cat grin over my shoulder.’
Late 18th century: of unknown origin, but it is said that Cheshire cheeses used to be marked with the face of a smiling cat.
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