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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
Idiom
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 71
Oct 20, 2013
Hubert Humphrey used to say it all the time.
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level 6
Nov 2, 2015
who is Hubert Humphery?
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level 60
Dec 3, 2016
He ran for President against Nixon. Geeze.
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level 73
Jan 5, 2017
Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (HHH) was also VP under Johnson.
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level 65
Jan 17, 2018
I think it was a saying long before some obscure politician mumbled it.
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level 40
Sep 11, 2013
I also know it as thrilled to death.
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level 63
Oct 20, 2013
I thought this as well.
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level 52
Oct 20, 2013
Same.
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level 33
Oct 20, 2013
Ditto.
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level 72
Oct 20, 2013
Yeah I think "to bits" is just the childish way to say "thrilled to death"- like "gosh darn it" and "bull poop." I'm not sure I've ever even heard "to bits"..

I also would accept gleam or sparkle in eyes... same thing. I didn't get stars
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level 28
Apr 14, 2014
Twinkle as well.
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level 57
Aug 12, 2014
Agree with gleam, twinkle, and sparkle. I tried all three.
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level 50
Nov 20, 2014
I've heard thrilled to bits thousands of times. I'm guessing the quiz maker may be from the UK, like me.
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level 73
Dec 12, 2014
The only use I've heard of gleam or twinkle is, "I was doing that when you were just a twinkle/gleam in your daddy's eyes."
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level 46
May 27, 2015
Thrilled to bits common in UK, but have never heard of thrilled to death, only scared to death.
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level 75
Apr 23, 2016
I also tried twinkle and sparkle.
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level 65
May 27, 2016
Bits is common in Australia as well as UK
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level 57
Jan 13, 2017
Thrilled to bits in New Zealand. Never heard of thrilled to death - that sounds creepy.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2013
Absolutely, never heard of thrilled to bits. Tried thrilled to death over and over again even though it didn't work because I knew it was correct!
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level 71
Jun 6, 2014
I've never heard of 'thrilled to death', only 'thrilled to bits'. A regional thing, perhaps?
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level ∞
Oct 20, 2013
That will work now, thanks!
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level 47
Jan 17, 2018
For me it was always "thrilled to excess," "thrilled to vomitting," or "thrilled to the point where the stresses on the organs and soft tissue caused internal hemorrhaging leading to death within 24 hours".
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level 18
Oct 20, 2013
never heard of a bowl of cherries
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level 73
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 57
Oct 20, 2013
Thrilled to bits and pleased as punch are common in my neck of the woods.
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level 56
Oct 21, 2013
Same here. By contrast, never heard "thrilled to death" before.
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level 46
May 27, 2015
Agreed, you a Brit too?
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level 29
Oct 20, 2013
I always heard it said as "Smiling from ear to ear"
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level ∞
Oct 20, 2013
That will work now.
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level 65
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 68
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 58
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 60
Oct 20, 2013
And I've always heard that the saying is 'happy as a pig in .... *something other than mud* .... I guess it's too vulgar for this site. Just sayin'.
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level 71
Feb 23, 2015
Yup, you're not wrong there... :)
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level 73
Jan 5, 2017
We raise pigs and I can tell you they do not like being in ___. In fact if they have to be temporarily penned up for some reason - having babies or they have an injury for example, they will choose one area of the pen to be their special place and they go there to do their business. (Out on the pasture they pretty much go wherever they are.) But mud is another thing - they love to make wallows everywhere because they have few sweat glands and must lie in mud or shallow water to cool off. The mothers also make dry wallows for birthing, and the sounder digs a huge dry wallow inside their shed in winter and all sleep together in it to keep warm. Sorry to get carried away but I love watching pigs, and pasture pork tastes so much better than that stuff from the CAFOs.
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level 6
Mar 21, 2017
How long did it take you to type that!?
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level 52
May 21, 2017
I do not want to know what those are.
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level 70
Jun 1, 2017
Wow, very interesting ander217. Thanks for taking the time to write that out. I once lived on a farm that had hogs, but never tended them myself.
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level 65
Jan 17, 2018
I agree with you Ander, pigs are not a dirty creature in reality and are cleverer than dogs. (I like dogs as well but it is true)
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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 26
Jul 28, 2014
Because it was a TV show not because it is an idiom for happiness.
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level 65
May 27, 2016
The show was named after the saying, not the other way around.
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level 44
Feb 14, 2015
I thought gleam too, but I am not sure it means happiness. That is the one I missed.
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level 48
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 73
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 79
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 20
Sep 1, 2016
See I've always thought stars in one's eyes means like being in a nostalgia state where everything is good and nothing can go wrong.
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level 22
Dec 27, 2013
why is it called walking on air when walking on sunshine is more commonly heard.
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level 55
Apr 11, 2014
It may be more common where you live, but that doesn't hold true everywhere.
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level 73
Dec 12, 2014
I always heard the sunshine one as "walking in the sunshine".
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level 68
Sep 27, 2016
Only because of that damn Katrinan& the Waves song!
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level 73
Jan 5, 2017
LOL. I'm showing my age again. Walking in the Sunshine was a Roger Miller song from the '60s.
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level 30
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 44
Feb 14, 2015
Many times I have heard 'life is a bowl of cherries, but this is the pits.' Meaning, usually things are wonderful, but sometimes things just go all wrong ...
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level 46
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 56
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
Mar 29, 2015
Why not allow 9 for nine?
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level 56
Aug 18, 2015
Agreed. I tried that first. Thankfully, thought to spell it out.
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level 65
Nov 5, 2015
Happy go lucky isn't so much happy as careless
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level 65
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 11
Jan 2, 2016
Life is a bowl of cheeries took up all my time, I thought it was cheerios
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level 57
Jan 13, 2017
LOL! I think I would prefer a bowl of fresh cherries than a bowl of processed fat!
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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 73
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 67
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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