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To grin from ear to ear is idiomatic, the smile on a person's face when feeling elation.

grin from ear to ear

to smile a very wide, beaming smile.

She was grinning from ear to ear as she accepted the prize.

We knew Timmy was happy because he was grinning from ear to ear.

grin/smile from ear to ear

to look extremely happy (usually in continuous tenses)

We've had a fantastic response,' he said, grinning from ear to ear.

grin from ear to ear also smile from ear to ear

to give a very big smile

He was grinning from ear to ear, as if he had just won the lottery.

Just remember that it's that 'big' smile when a person feels extremely delighted or happy.


No, "grin" means:

To smile broadly, often baring the teeth, as in amusement, glee, embarrassment, or other strong emotion.

"Grinning from ear to ear" simply means that you have a wide smile on your face, usually out of amusement or satisfaction. Usually an ulterior reason behind the smile will give it a reason, say for example,

you sedated your neighbor's dog, the one that barks all night long.

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  • This is incorrect. – user3932000 Jan 5 '18 at 23:00
  • @user3932000 Please provide reasons as to why you believe this is incorrect, instead of just saying that the answer is wrong. Maybe I can learn something from it. – Varun Nair Jan 8 '18 at 5:01
  • "Grinning from ear to ear" is a common expression that just exaggerates the original verb of "grinning." I have not found any definition that the phrase suggests an ulterior motive, and I have never in my life heard the phrase used in that way by itself. – user3932000 Jan 9 '18 at 3:11
  • @user3932000 But I have. A grin is a wide smile which may, like any other reason to smile, will have a reason behind it. There's nothing more to what I have mentioned in the answer. – Varun Nair Jan 9 '18 at 5:26
  • Then that might be a limited, local nuance, because most English speakers do not understand the phrase to imply ulterior motives or malice. – user3932000 Jan 9 '18 at 5:48

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