One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slight or insincere smile.‘a sardonic half-smile flickers over his face’
- ‘He smiled the marvellous half-smile he uses for naughty children.’
- ‘He looks at you from under his eyelids with a kind of half-smile that hints at some secret knowledge.’
- ‘She offered her a half-smile, which the woman returned gratefully.’
- ‘A tiny, bitter half-smile was his only expression.’
- ‘He's a somewhat rumpled everyman, frequently with a bemused half-smile on his face.’
- ‘She leans into the tape recorder, her trademark half-smile amped to full.’
- ‘Keen-eyed, she stares back at me, with a half-smile on her handsome features.’
- ‘A strange, almost humored half-smile formed on his beautifully sculpted lips.’
- ‘My mother stood at the door with a half-smile.’
- ‘On the surface I maintained the enigmatic half-smile of the Mona Lisa.’
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