Glasgow smile

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Glasgow smile

A “smile” created by slashing a victim's face from one or both corners of the mouth to the ears using a utility knife, broken glass, or other sharp object, which may be combined with stabbing or kicking, such that the victim’s screaming further opens the wound, possibly causing fatal exsanguination.

Named after the boroughs (Glasgow, Scotland; Chelsea in London) where these forms of punishment wounding were first popularised by street gangs.
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Masked knifeman Gary Clark savagely beat his ex-partner, breaking her arms, after threatening to give her a "Chelsea smile".
Syed Miah was given a "one-sided Chelsea smile" during the violent attack by Fise Ames in September last year.
Chelsea Smile added a feral punk edge to the heavy racket, while Fish's dark synth brought a subtle atmospheric edge to the brutal noise of Alligator Blood.
And the 34-year-old, who asked Roberto Di Matteo to let him take the fifth penalty when he had originally been third on the list, added: "I wanted to make Chelsea smile, compared to the games when we lay down and cried afterwards.
I went to make Chelsea smile after we had been so down in Moscow.
Neville Biddle, prosecuting, told how Clarke controlled his victim with threats, saying: "There was also the rather gruesome threat of a 'Chelsea smile', cutting her across the mouth on both sides of her face."
The other day he was given a 'Chelsea Smile' by a fellow inmate in jail.
He beat her up, breaking both her arms and threatening to give her a "Chelsea smile" in a vicious earlyhours street attack last October, almost a year after they'd broken up.
"He said when she did finally leave the house he would give her a 'Chelsea smile',' which she knew was a cut from the lips to ear."
A graphic artist had mocked up gruesome pictures of what the Alcott family would look like if they carried on avoiding fresh vegetables, and it stopped just short of giving them three eyes, one nostril and a Chelsea smile.