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happily ever after

This phrase borrowed from fairy tale endings is used to suggest that everything will work out perfectly in the future. It is often used after a couple has gotten married. It was such a beautiful wedding, and I just know that Allie and Michael will live happily ever after. It's not like real people just magically live happily ever after—it takes a lot of hard work!
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live happily ever after

Cliché to live in happiness after a specific event. (A formulaic phrase at the end of fairy tales.) The prince and the princess lived happily ever after. They went away from the horrible haunted castle and lived happily ever after.
See also: after, ever, happily, live

live happily ever after

Spend the rest of one's life in happiness, as in In her romantic novels the hero and heroine end up marrying and then live happily ever after . This hyperbolic phrase ends many fairy tales. [Mid-1800s]
See also: after, ever, happily, live
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Happily Ever After, created by Action Transport Theatre and LGBT Youth North West, aims to tackle the issue of homophobic bullying by spreading a positive message about diversity and acceptance.
We all love a happily ever after tale of romance, so we couldn't be more cheered that spunky singer Myriam Fares has found true love in the form of Danny Mitri.
Happily, my trek all the way over to the clean, bright Sheldon Fish Bar was well worth it - even if the exterior signage was fading.
Live Happily Ever After is an online assessment that analyzes your relationship in 20 different areas, and provides insight and practical advice on how you and your partner can grow closer together.
This book shows you that when there are ups and downs along the way to happily ever after, sometimes you just have to be creative and have a sense of humor.
Although I have read books that have gripped me more rapidly, I would happily recommend this one, Although I have read books that have gripped me more rapidly, I would happily recommend this one, GULLY Potchard is just an ordinary boy, until he becomes tangled up in a gang of bullies from his old school.
And happily the scary-eyed Scot has ruled there will be no hanky-panky between himself and his assistant played by Jenna Coleman.
Each poem describes an animal or child with a peculiar trait who learns to use or modify that trait to live happily with others.
Summary: In-car video footage from Brazil which shows a man happily riding on the back bumper of an articulated lorry has caused a stir online.
London, Mar 13 ( ANI ): Abbey Clancy says she could happily live without internet or gadgetry and admits to have sent just three e-mails in her life.
I have a 16-year-old granddaughter; I am happily divorced while my daughter is happily married," Dimitrova said.
The Christian Way to Be Happily Married" is a Christian marriage guide that encourages couples to embrace their faith together to push for a greater union that will last longer than any money.
ISLAMABAD, January 27, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Secretary Information of Pakistan Muslim League (Like Minded) Kashmala Tariq Wednesday said she was happily performing the duties assigned to her by her party leadership as Secretary Information and there was no truth in false and fabricated propaganda campaign launched about her resignation.
And they lived happily ever after" it sounds familiar, doesn't it?
It didn't stop the lively bunch from challenging the dapper globetrotter to a game of football within the walls of their Warwickshire convent though and happily chatting away in front of the TV cameras.