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  • n  a gaping grimace

  • This is a face-off between two men in weird masks: one in a leathery black item out of a dominatrix's pleasure chest, the other with a grin frozen into a rictus.
  • Pink and perky, she soon becomes the students' nightmare: a cheery commissar, a suburban Stalinist with a smile like a rictus.
  • The fun in this moody, pounding, overlong, rewarding bring-down of a film is seeing the curled lip of contempt, which Eddie flashes at all the suckers, freeze into a rictus when he .
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  • Soft Power and the UK
    The recent G8 conference in Northern Ireland struck me as a bigger anachronism than ever before. The assembled ranks of rictus grins, and the even more awkward adoption of smart-casual, reinforced the point. It?s an irrelevant 1970s old boys? club.
    July 2, 2013 - Forbes

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