many happy returns


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many happy returns

I wish you a very happy birthday and many more in the future. Hey Jack, many happy returns! Are you going to do anything special to celebrate the occasion?
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many happy returns

Also, many happy returns of the day. Happy birthday and many more of them, as in I came by to wish you many happy returns. This expression was first recorded in a letter of 1779 where the writer meant "Happy New Year," but the present meaning has persisted since the second half of the 1800s.
See also: happy, many, return

many happy reˈturns (of the ˈday)

used to wish somebody a happy and pleasant birthday: Here’s your present. Many happy returns!
See also: happy, many, return
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He wished them abundant health and happiness and their peoples further progress and prosperity, wishing the Arab and Islamic nations many happy returns.
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The Speaker also extended greetings to the people of Bahrain wishing them many happy returns.
All our love, from Mommy, Daddy and Abbie xxxx, South Yardley Many Happy Returns of the Day for next Monday, Luke, hope you have a terrific time in the Capital - write and tell us about your visit.
I salute you ma'am and wish you many happy returns on your 80th birthday.
Faded handwriting on the back reads: "Dear Nelly, just a card to wish you many happy returns of the day, love Emily.