grinning


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Synonyms for grinning

a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth

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The idea of Marner's money kept growing in vividness, now the want of it had become immediate; the prospect of having to make his appearance with the muddy boots of a pedestrian at Batherley, and to encounter the grinning queries of stablemen, stood unpleasantly in the way of his impatience to be back at Raveloe and carry out his felicitous plan; and a casual visitation of his waistcoat-pocket, as he was ruminating, awakened his memory to the fact that the two or three small coins his forefinger encountered there were of too pale a colour to cover that small debt, without payment of which the stable-keeper had declared he would never do any more business with Dunsey Cass.
Some slept and growled in their sleep, some gnawed at the skulls of dead game, some sat up like dogs and their tongues hung from their grinning jaws.
Pay my bill and sneak off at once to the next town; but how pass through the grinning line of boots, and waiter, and chambermaid, and ironically respectful landlord and landlady, in the hall .
No,'' said the Jester, grinning, ``but they may reach Sheffield if they have good luck, and that is as fit a place for them.
I did not," said Trefusis, grinning at the sarcasm.
After some time spent in peeping, grinning, and chattering, he at last espied me; and reaching one of his paws in at the door, as a cat does when she plays with a mouse, although I often shifted place to avoid him, he at length seized the lappet of my coat (which being made of that country silk, was very thick and strong), and dragged me out.
The old Jew stood grinning at the doorway of the dusty greenroom, making elaborate speeches about us both, while we stood looking at each other like children.
But he soon found that he had made a mistake in grinning, for the words had no sooner left his mouth than M.
The only things in the kitchen that did not sneeze, were the cook, and a large cat which was sitting on the hearth and grinning from ear to ear.
Bouncer; because Tommy Brock was so fat and stumpy and grinning.
Eric, I say, noticed the beggar-man grinning at him rather impudently, and turned toward him sharply.
Then he would withdraw growling viciously, backing away with grinning jaws distended, to sulk for an hour or so.
For she is not a grinning devil now, not any more a foul Thing for all eternity.
Agile and grinning bands of monkeys skipped about in the trees, nor were tigers wanting in the jungles.
High above his head he held the spear, as though in the act to strike; one bony hand rested on the stone table before him, in the position a man assumes on rising from his seat, whilst his frame was bent forward so that the vertebrae of the neck and the grinning, gleaming skull projected towards us, and fixed its hollow eye-places upon us, the jaws a little open, as though it were about to speak.