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What the OED has to say
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coarse slang (orig. U.S.).
1. Chiefly in shit-eating grin.
a. Designating a broad grin expressing uncontrollable delight or self-satisfaction, esp. characterized by awareness of having got away with something normally considered outrageous or improper; (also) designating a consciously disarming, self-deprecating, slightly cheeky grin, often used to deflect censure or disapproval.
[1949 Amer. Legion Mag. Sept. 61/1 This lad..brings with him wide blue eyes, a butch haircut, a shy, shingle-eating grin, and a firm conviction that no real bullets will be used.]
1956 J. Moffett in New World Writing No. 10. 16 You've got the most shit-eating grin I ever saw.
1958 Stack A Lee (typescript, Kinsey Inst.) 1 Another bitch looked at Stack with a shit eating smile And said, dont look like you've had any for quite awhile.
1967 N. Mailer Why are we in Vietnam? vii. 119 ‘I think this bear went from massive shock,’ said Big Luke, hardly able to hold back a massive shocker of a shit-eating grin.
1988 J. McInerney Story of my Life vi. 101 He's wearing his extraspecial shit-eating grin, the one that he gets after a blow job.
2000 Sydney Morning Herald (Nexis) 11 Jan. 6 A shit-eating smirk spread across Weasel's face.
2007 Kerrang! 2 June 29/2 ‘Did you enjoy the show?’ asks the shit-eating grin plastered all over his sweaty face, but not standing still long enough to wait for an answer.
b. Designating an ingratiating, uncomfortable, or forced smile, esp. in response to a humiliating experience.
1990 C. Hitchens in Nation 24 Dec. 794/2 Bush is there, flanked by his First Lady and by Senators Dole and Mitchell and Congressmen Foley and Michel, the last four of whom are wearing what used to be called shit-eating grins. Thus invested with the holy right to employ the word ‘bipartisan’, [etc.].
1995 Harper's Mag. Nov. 51/2 To describe the expression on Dole's face at this moment as a ‘shit-eating grin’ would be to imply that Dole is grinning; he is not. He is eating shit. And, as always, his true feelings show through: ‘I'm not perfect.’ He glares. ‘Maybe everybody here is.’
2009 Independent (Nexis) 31 Oct. 41 So you perspire heavily, smile the shit-eating grin of the publicly humiliated.
2. derogatory. Despicable, contemptible, worthless.
[1922 E. O'Neill Hairy Ape in Hairy Ape, Anna Christie, First Man 33 I'll cut yer guts out fer a nickel, yuh lousey boob, yuh dirty, crummy, muck-eatin' son of a ——.]
1956 G. Griffin Scorpion on Stone 60 Dirty little toffee-nosed f—ck face of a shit-eating officer what thinks he knows everything.
1972 J. Wambaugh Blue Knight vi. 84 You're a filthy, shit-eating pig.
1983 Playboy Dec. 292/3 No more Monday-night football. The season is over. No more Howard Cosell and no more of that shit-eating lunatic with the rainbow-striped Afro wig.
1996 M. Syal Anita & Me (1997) xiii. 301 He's a pig. A thick shit-eating pig.