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Idioms for Happiness

Fill the blanks in these idioms that mean "happy".
Last updated: December 14, 2017
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Idiom
Walking on air
On top of the world
On cloud nine
In seventh heaven
Happy as a pig in mud
Tickled pink
Over the moon
Grinning from ear to ear
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Pleased as punch
Thrilled to bits
Jumping for joy
Happy go lucky
Life is a bowl of cherries
Stars in one's eyes
Had the time of one's life
Beside oneself with joy
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level 36
Aug 16, 2013
Pleased as punch? Never heard of that. I only know it as proud as punch
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level 72
Oct 20, 2013
Hubert Humphrey used to say it all the time.
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level 61
Dec 3, 2016
He ran for President against Nixon. Geeze.
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level 74
Jan 5, 2017
Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (HHH) was also VP under Johnson.
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level 66
Jan 17, 2018
I think it was a saying long before some obscure politician mumbled it.
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level 18
Oct 20, 2013
never heard of a bowl of cherries
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level 74
Dec 12, 2014
Reminds me of the Erma Bombeck book, _If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits?_
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level 43
Oct 20, 2013
It's probably a generational thing, but I've never heard of a third of these.
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level 58
Oct 20, 2013
Thrilled to bits and pleased as punch are common in my neck of the woods.
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level 45
May 27, 2015
Agreed, you a Brit too?
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level 66
Oct 20, 2013
These sayings sound British to me - all used here.
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level 76
Oct 20, 2013
Probably, I'm a Brit and got them all ... for a change!
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level 69
Oct 20, 2013
And if you want to see a version of "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," lip-synched by Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters and Jessica Harper, from the movie "Pennies From Heaven," go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHyWFWJV61k.
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level 57
Oct 20, 2013
Thrilled to death and a sparkle or gleam in one's eye ought to be equally accepted.
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level 51
Oct 20, 2013
Gleam in one's eyes?
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level ∞
Oct 20, 2013
I did a search. "Stars in one'e eyes" has 10x the Google results as "gleam in one's eyes".
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level 66
May 27, 2016
The show was named after the saying, not the other way around.
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level 47
Oct 21, 2013
I have heard of the majority except for Life is a bowl of cherries! I think there is a British slant from the sounds of it as thrilled to bits is very common where I live in the UK, also pleased as punch.
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level 37
Oct 21, 2013
I'm in the U.S. and I've heard of all of them. No idea why, just sayin'.
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level 74
Dec 12, 2014
Same here, but I'm older so maybe that makes a difference.
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level 36
Oct 22, 2013
surely 'stars in ones eyes' means seeing oneself as a star or celebrity in the future rather than happiness. no??
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level 80
Oct 22, 2013
That's an interpretation popularized by 'Juke Box Hero,' but not the only, or even predominant, meaning of the phrase.
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level 28
May 10, 2014
have heard it as "thrilled to the max"
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level 66
Dec 12, 2014
I've heard "life is a bowl of sunshine" and "life is a bowl of rainbows" but not "life is a bowl of cherries." Although, I don't know how one would get sunshine or rainbows into a bowl. :D
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level 45
May 27, 2015
Has no one heard of the song "Life is just a bowl of cherries?". I think it was an Ethel Merman song from a show back in the 30s or 40s.
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level 57
Jul 21, 2018
Nope, all that came to mind was the song "Life is a minestrone". Don't know whether that's a happy thing or not.
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level 57
Dec 12, 2014
Never heard of In seventh heaven or pig in mud
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level 63
Feb 1, 2015
Missed "beside one's self with joy" and the one about stars in the eyes. They don't sound familiar to me at all. I'm from the US and the others were all known to me. (Might be an age thing, too, as I'm 40+)
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level 66
Nov 5, 2015
Happy go lucky isn't so much happy as careless
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level 66
May 27, 2016
I don't think it means 'careless', I think it refers to someone who goes along not worrying about things and not getting stressed.
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level 24
Jun 12, 2016
Why cloud nine? Why not cloud eight? Seven? What's the deal?
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level 74
Jan 5, 2017
One theory is that in official cloud classifications, cloud #9 is the cumulonimbus, which is the highest cloud. Another theory (my favorite) is that it was formerly cloud seven that was used, derived from "seventh heaven" but inflation raised it to nine.
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level 6
Mar 21, 2017
I said cloud 10
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level 70
Jun 1, 2017
Surprised that "happy as a clam" wasn't on here.

Side note: I always wondered why it was that clams somehow were the touchstone for happiness. Then I saw an old interview with a WWI vet, who in describing how pleased he and his fellow soldiers were over something, used what apparently is the complete phrase. He said they were "happy as clams at high tide."

Now I understand the phrase. We have just lazily truncated the phrase to where we only use a meaningless portion of it.
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level 72
Oct 10, 2017
Laziness is responsible for like 90% of changes in language over time.
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level 36
Dec 13, 2017
Can "9" be an accepted answer for cloud nine?
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level ∞
Dec 14, 2017
Yes
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level 67
Jul 19, 2018
Don’t want to wear out those fingers typing the extra three characters!
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