I don't quite understand something:

Brazil will, in one form or another, be ready for the World Cup. But when it comes to hosting the tournament, those famous Brazilian smiles may already be slipping.

What does "slip" mean in this context? I cannot find a good definition in dictionaries.

  • Means just what the dictionary says. The smiles slipping is a metaphorical use, not an idiom or set phrase.
    – Kris
    Nov 29, 2013 at 8:01

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It's a common idiom: a smile can slip from someone's face, meaning that they are no longer as happy about something as they used to be, or that their smile was false.

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