couldn't happen to a nicer (person)

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couldn't happen to a nicer (person)

Of an outcome, completely deserved by the person or people in question. Sometimes used sarcastically when referring to a negative event happening to an unpleasant person. Dawn and her partner are expecting their first child this summer. They're so excited, and it couldn't happen to a nicer couple. I hear that jerk Tony is heading into bankruptcy—couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
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He said, 'Looks like it's you alright', gave me a big hug and said it couldn't happen to a nicer person'.
I worked for him for 12 months and he was great with me and this success couldn't happen to a nicer fella.
One local told the Record: "It couldn't happen to a nicer family.
Last night fellow taxi driver Mick Poulter said: "It couldn't happen to a nicer bloke.
It couldn't happen to a nicer person, she's a lovely woman ( I just hope it doesn't change her," said next-door neighbour Cheryl Thompson, 31.
That led to Poll's axing and Winter greeted the news by saying: "It couldn't happen to a nicer man.
It couldn't happen to a nicer guy - and he's proving a real asset.
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