It is silly but I got confused over does it mean smiles are ended or does it mean smiles are everywhere?

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    All over: 1. Over the whole area or extent: a cloth embroidered all over with roses. 2. Everywhere: searched all over for her missing key.thefreedictionary.com/all+over
    – user66974
    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:17
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    "all over" here means "covering the entire surface". (As in "the car was painted red all over.") It is a metaphor, meaning, "she was smiling a lot".
    – Fattie
    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:40
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    As a curiosity, "all over" (meaning, "covering the entire surface") is not really used THAT MUCH in English. There's a famous riddle: "What's black and white and 'red' all over?" The answer is "a newspaper" - get it? ("red", "read")
    – Fattie
    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:45
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    Some context would be nice. It is hard to infer meaning without surrounding context in this case, as both could be correct. Nov 11, 2014 at 14:42
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    At least 16 of the fist 50 citations in COCA (there are 1,534 in all) for all over have the expression meaning everywhere (oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/all-over) or Over the whole area or extent (ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=all%20over), so it appears to be fairly common.
    – tunny
    Nov 17, 2014 at 18:13

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The phrase Smiles all over can also be expressed as Smiles all around. It is used to indicate that everyone is smiling.

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