wipe the smile off one's face

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wipe the smile off one's face

: to stop smiling
  • often used as an angry command in the phrase wipe that smile off your face.

Word by Word Definitions

wipe play
  1. : to rub with or as if with something soft for cleaning

  2. : to clean or dry by rubbing

  3. : to draw, pass, or move for or as if for rubbing or cleaning

  1. : blow, strike

  2. : jeer, gibe

  3. : an act or instance of wiping

smile play
  1. : to have, produce, or exhibit a smile

  2. : to look or regard with amusement or ridicule

  3. : to bestow approval

  1. : a facial expression in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward and which expresses especially amusement, pleasure, approval, or sometimes scorn

  2. : a pleasant or encouraging appearance

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

face play
  1. : the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

  2. : the face as a means of identification : countenance

  3. : presence, sight

  1. : to confront impudently

  2. : to line near the edge especially with a different material

  3. : to cover the front or surface of


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