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curl one's lip

Definition of curl one's lip

  1. :  to move the corner of one's lip up in an expression that usually shows disgust or disapproval <She curled her lip when his name was mentioned.> <Her lip curled in disgust.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to form (as the hair) into coils or ringlets

    :  to form into a curved shape :  twist

    :  to furnish with curls

  1. :  a lock of hair that coils :  ringlet

    :  something having a spiral or winding form :  coil

    :  the action of curling :  the state of being curled

  1. :  either of two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and are organs of human speech essential to certain articulations

    :  the red or pinkish margin of the human lip

    :  back talk

  1. :  insincere

    :  produced with the participation of the lips :  labial

  1. :  to touch with the lips

    :  kiss

    :  utter

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