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    Default Cheshire cat ? and lfabbergasing

    i was looking away and then look at my firend smiling and thet said
    "cheshire cat " looking at me what does it mean?
    and another mate said come on stop "flabbergasing" let go what does these words mean?
    please
    both are english mate
    thankyou
    Last edited by MrPedantic; 12-Jun-2006 at 18:51.

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    Default Re: Cheshire cat ? and lfabbergasing

    Hello Zay

    In the book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", Alice encounters a "Cheshire cat". At the end of the conversation, the cat disappears slowly, until only its smile is left, in mid-air. Then the smile disappears too.

    In ordinary usage, people say that someone is "grinning like a Cheshire cat" when they're smiling broadly (or enigmatically).

    "Flabbergasted" means "absolutely astonished".

    MrP

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    Default Re: Cheshire cat ? and lfabbergasing

    hi

    thaks so is it a good thing or bad in you r view?


    please


    thankyou

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    It's a good thing.

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    My wife -- who's German -- doesn't know the expression "grinning like the Cheshire cat", but she's invented her own equivalent. She tells me I look like "Garfield after he's eaten his lasagne".

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    The cat that got more than the cream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    It's a good thing.
    Yes, I'd agree; I'm not sure you could use "grinning like a Cheshire cat" or "flabbergasted" in a truly malicious fashion.

    MrP

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    Jack the Ripper grinned like a Cheshire cat when he spied his third victim.

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    I'm flabbergasted.

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    Not as much as she was.

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