be (as) happy as a clam (at high tide)

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be (as) happy as a clam (at high tide)

To be very joyful and content. Clams are dug at low tide, so a clam at high tide would be able to remain uncaught. Look at your sister out there! She's happy as a clam at high tide now that she's back in the starting lineup again. I know I'll be happy as a clam once I get this stupid cast off my leg.
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