Idiom of the Week

Crack a Smile

Meaning: to smile or grin (sometimes when you do not want to or should not)


  • The student cracked a smile when the teacher was mad and then had to do extra homework.
  • I was trying to be serious, but cracked a smile when I remembered a joke I heard.
  • After I saw the girl crack a smile, I went over to talk to her.

Pop Quiz:

My father is very serious, but I saw him crack a smile when he…

a) got some bad news.

b) was playing with my baby sister.

c) when he dropped a beautiful photo.

Read answer below

B, even though he rarely smiled, playing with the baby made him happy.

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