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happy hunting ground

A utopia. Used by Native Americans to describe the afterlife. The annual car swap meet is a happy hunting ground for automotive enthusiasts.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

happy hunting ground

A place where one can find or do what one wishes without restriction. For example, The North Shore is a happy hunting ground for antique collectors. This term alludes to the Native American idea of an afterlife where hunters find unlimited game. [Early 1800s]
See also: ground, happy, hunting

happy hunting ground

a place where success or enjoyment is obtained.
This phrase originally referred to the optimistic hope of Native Americans that the afterlife will be spent in a country where there are good hunting grounds.
1991 Antique Collector With Old Master drawings still considered an undervalued genre, this should prove a happy hunting ground for those in search of a bargain.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

a happy ˈhunting ground

(humorous) a very good place to find what you want: The Sunday antique market is a happy hunting ground for collectors.
See also: ground, happy, hunting
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