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noun
a constantly grinning cat in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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Idioms about Cheshire cat

    grin like a Cheshire cat, to smile or grin inscrutably.
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Cultural definitions for Cheshire cat

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.

notes for Cheshire cat

“Smiling like a Cheshire cat” refers to anyone with a conspicuous and long-lasting smile.
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