thinlipped grin

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Could you please define "thin-lipped grin", found in the following context from "The Big Money" by Dos Passos:
... he found himself lonely getting old wanting something more substantial than the little pickups a man travelling on missions to Mexico and Italy and France and England, little international incidents, he called them with a thinlipped grin, that were nice affairs enought at the time but were just dust and ashes.
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  • Cypherpunk

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    US, English
    The lips are stretched tightly across the teeth or face. It's not necessarily an expression of enjoyment or pleasure. If you think about the expression, it could also look like a grimace of pain.


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    AE, Español
    I often think of a thinlipped smile as one that betrays little humor behind the statements, indicating only a little amusement. It could refer to small, close-mouthed smile.
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