Meaning of “wipe the smile off sb's face” in the English Dictionary

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"wipe the smile off sb's face" in British English

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wipe the smile off sb's face

to make someone feel less happy or confident, especially someone who is annoying you because they think they are very clever:

Tell him you saw Helena at the cinema with another guy - that should wipe the smile off his face!

(Definition of “wipe the smile off sb's face” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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