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    It is strange to me that I can't find the phrase ' swallow the canary ' from any dictionaries ?

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    The idiom exists solely in the phrase 'to look like the cat that swallowed the canary', which means to look smug or smugly guilty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    The idiom exists solely in the phrase 'to look like the cat that swallowed the canary', which means to look smug or smugly guilty.
    Then it doesn't seem to fit the context, there is no point for a person to land a good job to feel guilty, right ?

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    I believe I gave you two options.

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    :) What a serious overlook. Oh, by the way, can I use your explanation to the webpage ?

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