One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Concealing one's true feelings by a show of friendliness.
- ‘Now, after two decades of acting on stage and in film, Huffman finds her career finally looking good, and at 43 she's getting the attention and opportunities that are too often wasted on smooth-faced ingénues.’
- ‘Jekyll, by contrast, is ‘a large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty’, possessed of a ‘large handsome face’.’
- ‘I had the hint from Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a formidable man - a man who might play a deep game.’
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