crack a smile


: to smile
I tried to get him to laugh, but he never even cracked a smile.

Examples of crack a smile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least teaming with Dell allowed Seth to finally crack a smile for the first time in a while. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 30 Mar. 2024 Coverage of his personal appearances focused on his obvious discomfort in meeting with strangers and his fruitless efforts to laugh or even crack a smile, which tended to produce only a hideous facial rictus. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Parents can join in on the fun—the story is silly enough to make even the biggest kids crack a smile, too. Laura Denby, Parents, 30 Nov. 2023 When asked about his performance, Sullivan didn’t even crack a smile. Jackson Tolliver,, 9 Aug. 2023 These Spaghetti Western bubbles would have made even Lee Van Cleef crack a smile. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2021 Alas, with all his scientific seriousness, Mr. Hoefling could stand to crack a smile or two. Eric Felten, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 Anyone weary of cringe-y, performative displays of bien-pensant thinking might crack a smile — or let loose a belly laugh. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2022 He’s bound to crack a smile upon opening up this one. Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 6 Dec. 2022

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“Crack a smile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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