Cheshire cat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cheshire cat a fictional cat with a broad fixed smile on its face; created by Lewis Carroll
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Idioms

Grin like a Cheshire cat - If someone has a very wide smile, they have a grin like a Cheshire cat.
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Usage

In literature:

I fancied that he had a detachable sneer (like the smile of the Cheshire cat) and attached cuffs; and that was all.
"The Four Million" by O. Henry
The half-breed was grinning like a Cheshire cat!
"The Flaming Forest" by James Oliver Curwood
What are you grinning at, you old Cheshire cat?
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
As we drew into the station she shook hands with me and grinned at me like a Cheshire cat.
"In the Fog" by Richard Harding Davis
Sir William was perfectly civil to everybody, with a blinking smile like that of the Cheshire cat; but nothing stopped him.
"A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Would you mind stopping grinning like a Cheshire cat?
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
In the darkness she did not see Leila's Cheshire cat grin, born of Jerry's unintentional betrayal.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
It's the Cheshire cat in reverse.
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
He's going about rubbing his hands and grinning like a Cheshire cat.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Well, man, why are you standing there, grinning like a Cheshire cat.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
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In news:

The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright.
Politics, Cheshire cats and cockapoos.
Tracy Dahl as the Cheshire Cat and Ashley Emerson as Alice in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's 2012 production of Alice in Wonderland.
Not sure which was funnier Alice with a beard or the dog dressed as the Cheshire Cat.
Print newspapers may be, like the Cheshire cat, slowly vanishing.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cheshire Cat: "we're all mad here.
The Cheshire Cat brags about his evaporating skills in Tim Burton's 3-D Alice in Wonderland , and the movie has its own way of evaporating before your polarized eyes.
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In science:

Still, they retain enough memory of the initial quark-gluon state to provide evidence for its formation, like the grin of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland which remains even after the cat has disappeared.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
This is why the Cheshire cat strikes us as funny.
Interpreting Bananaworld: A response to Bub's Quantum Mechanics for Primates
Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL, United Kingdom We show that a physical property can be entirely separated from the object it belongs to, hence realizing a complete quantum Cheshire cat.
The Complete Quantum Cheshire Cat
Inspired by the adventures of Alice in Wonderland, these authors described a quantum Cheshire cat.
The Complete Quantum Cheshire Cat
Here we answer this question positively, by presenting an example in which a photon is completely separated from all its polarization components, hence representing a complete quantum Cheshire cat.
The Complete Quantum Cheshire Cat
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