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    grinning mouths

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to make the proper choice between two different meanings of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    “Life is a well of delight; but where the rabble also drink, there all fountains are poisoned.To everything cleanly am I well disposed; but I hate to see the grinning mouths and the thirst of the unclean.”

    grin (v) = to smile broadly, often baring the teeth, as in amusement, glee, embarrassment, or other strong emotion.
    grin (v) = show/bare o.’s teeth , snap at,
    grin (v) = smile from ear to ear, smile broadly

    grinning like a Cheshire cat (?)

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: grinning mouths

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to make the proper choice between two different meanings of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    “Life is a well of delight; but where the rabble also drink, there all fountains are poisoned.To everything cleanly am I well disposed; but I hate to see the grinning mouths and the thirst of the unclean.”

    grin (v) = to smile broadly, often baring the teeth, as in amusement, glee, embarrassment, or other strong emotion.
    grin (v) = show/bare o.’s teeth , snap at,
    grin (v) = smile from ear to ear, smile broadly

    grinning like a Cheshire cat (?)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,


    V.
    Any of those definitions could fit. Probably the first is the most broad in meaning, so I'd prefer that one. I haven't heard of the second definition.

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