Cheshire cats

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cheshire cats are proverbially notable for grinning, and Kilkenny cats proverbially fight till each destroys the other
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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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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cat; found also in Celt., Slav., Ar., Finn, &c.

Usage

In literature:

D.(T.) on Cheshire Cat, 412.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
He was vanishing, not, like the Cheshire Cat, into a long lovely grin, but vanishing from a four-legged cat into a yellow, one-legged hump.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Alice was a little startled by seeing the Cheshire-Cat sitting on a bough of a tree a few yards off.
"Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
The Mock Turtle and the Cheshire Cat took turns on a diminutive springboard.
"Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
Then I grinned at myself like the Cheshire Cat because I realized that I was so valuable a property that they couldn't afford to let me die.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Grinning like a set of Cheshire cats!
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
Wait but till I fetch a bucket of boiling water to throw over thee, thou Cheshire cat!
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
The tiger just vanished like a Cheshire cat in a book I read once, and I was running through the night for home and Ivy.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
The 11 half-right answers are from BOG-OAK, BRIDGET, CASTOR, CHESHIRE CAT, G. E. B., GUY, MARY, M. A. H., OLD MAID, R. W., and VENDREDI.
"A Tangled Tale" by Lewis Carroll
The grasshopper is banished to the garden and the Cheshire Cat smiles all over her face.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
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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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