English version

force a smile/laugh etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishforce a smile/laugh etcforce a smile/laugh etcFORCE somebody TO DO somethingto make yourself smile, laugh etc even though you feel upset or annoyed force
Examples from the Corpus
force a smile/laugh etcHe forces a smile, and Beulah smiles back.I forced a smile and then turned and fled to my room.The man turned out to be Alan Stewart, the comedian, who managed to force a smile as Roy apologised.The girls forced smiles as they had been taught, but Sandi, in revenge, also crossed her eyes.I forced a smile on seeing him.
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