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a joy to behold

A thing, event, or experience that creates a profound sense of joy or elation in the spectator. The spring flowers in this part of the country are truly a joy to behold. The play was a joy to behold, full of beauty, warmth, and wit.
See also: behold, joy

burst with (an emotion)

Of an emotion, to be so filled up with something as to be unable to contain it. I was bursting with anger after they fired me from my job. My kids burst with joy when we told them we were going to the theme park over the weekend.
See also: burst

no joy

1. military aviation No visual confirmation of another aircraft (especially an enemy) has yet been made; no information available at this time. Ground control: "Pilot, be aware that you have traffic at 11 o'clock." Pilot: "Copy that, no joy so far."
2. By extension, no luck; I've been unsuccessful thus far. Primarily heard in UK. I've been having no joy finding this book I need for class tomorrow.
3. Literally, no pleasure or enjoyment. I take no joy in making staff redundant, but it's part of being a manager, I'm afraid.
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have any joy

To have some amount of luck or success in some task. Have you had any joy getting the washing machine working? I've been looking all over town for a book I need for class next week, but I haven't had any joy so far.
See also: any, have, joy

bundle of joy

A newborn baby. We threw a baby shower for Jessica today so she can get all she needs in preparation for her little bundle of joy.
See also: bundle, joy, of

no joy in Mudville

A phrase used to describe an overall sense of sadness and/or disappointment. It comes from the poem "Casey at the Bat." Believe me, there's been no joy in Mudville ever since my sister and her boyfriend broke up. There will be no joy in Mudville once Billy learns he didn't make the basketball team.
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bundle of joy

 and bundle from heaven
Fig. a baby. We are expecting a bundle of joy next September. When your little bundle from heaven arrives, things will be a little hectic for a while.
See also: bundle, joy, of

burst with joy

Fig. [for someone] to be full to the bursting point with happiness. (To be so filled with joy as if to burst.) When I got my grades, I could have burst with joy. Bill was not exactly bursting with joy when he got the news.
See also: burst, joy

leap for joy

 and jump for joy
Fig. to jump up because one is happy; to be very happy. Tommy leapt for joy because he had won the race. We all leapt for joy when we heard the news.
See also: joy, leap

pride and joy

Fig. something or someone that one is very proud of. (Often in reference to a baby, a car, a house, etc. Fixed order.) And this is our little pride and joy, Roger. Fred pulled up in his pride and joy and asked if I wanted a ride.
See also: and, joy, pride

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Prov. Beautiful things give pleasure that lasts even longer than the beautiful things themselves. (This is a line from John Keats's poem "Endymion." Also a thing of beauty and a joy forever, used to describe something beautiful in lofty terms, often ironically.) Jill: I don't understand why someone would pay millions of dollars to have some old painting. Jane: Because a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
See also: beauty, forever, joy, of, thing

weep for joy

Fig. to cry out of happiness. She was so happy, she wept for joy. We all wept for joy at the safe return of the child.
See also: joy, weep

jump for joy

to show great happiness or excitement The blood tests so far show my mother doesn't have cancer, but it's still too early to jump for joy because she has to have more tests.
See also: joy, jump

pride and joy

a person or thing that gives great pleasure and satisfaction Her garden is her pride and joy.
See also: and, joy, pride

a bundle of joy

  (informal)
a baby Three days after the birth, Sandra took home her little bundle of joy.
See also: bundle, joy, of

be full of the joys of spring

  (British & Australian humorous)
to be very happy He bounced into the office, full of the joys of spring.
See also: full, joy, of, spring

jump for joy

to be very happy about something good that has happened Tina jumped for joy when she found out she'd be in the team.
See also: joy, jump

be in a transport of delight/joy

  (literary)
to feel extremely happy or pleased I looked up to the heavens and praised God, in a transport of delight.
See also: delight, of, transport

pride and joy

The object of one's great pleasure, as in Our new grandson is our pride and joy, or Dana's car is his pride and joy. This term was probably invented by Sir Walter Scott in his poem Rokeby (1813), where he described children as "a mother's pride, a father's joy."
See also: and, joy, pride

bundle of joy

and bundle from heaven
n. a baby. We are expecting a bundle of joy next September. Robert, your little bundle from heaven smells like a saddle bag from the other place.
See also: bundle, joy, of

joy flakes

and joy dust
n. powdered or crystallized cocaine. (see also crack.) She said what she wanted was some joy flakes, and I guess that’s cocaine. “Joy dust” is sort of crack without the press coverage.
See also: flake, joy

joy dust

verb
See also: dust, joy

joy juice

n. liquor; beer. Can I pour some more of this joy juice?
See also: joy, juice

joy ride

1. n. a drinking bout or party. There’s a little joy ride over at Tom’s.
2. n. a state of euphoria from drug use. (Drugs.) Ernie’s on a little joy ride right now and can’t come to the phone.
3. n. a ride where the passenger does not return alive. (Underworld.) Mr. Big wanted Sam to take Harry the Horse on a joy ride.
See also: joy, ride

joy water

n. liquor; strong liquor. How about some more joy water?
See also: joy, water

bundle of joy

A baby.
See also: bundle, joy, of
References in classic literature ?
Little accustomed to social functions, and seeing nothing in the service they were rendering to Luigi but a simple matter of business, they were dressed in their ordinary clothes, without any luxury, and nothing about them denoted the usual joy of a marriage procession.
It's the creative joy, and it's a higher joy than mere gambling.
You tried to be funny about joy and duty," said Miss Dearborn reprovingly; "so of course you didn't succeed.
Farr off from these a slow and silent stream, LETHE the River of Oblivion roules Her watrie Labyrinth, whereof who drinks, Forthwith his former state and being forgets, Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
And there they lived for a hundred years, a hundred years of joy and happiness.
Her mistress was mad with love, intoxicated with joy.
The truth is," replied Dantes, "that I am too happy for noisy mirth; if that is what you meant by your observation, my worthy friend, you are right; joy takes a strange effect at times, it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow.
O King of blight and sorrow, send me not away till I have brought back the light and joy that will make your dark home bright and beautiful again.
No mysteries, no cloak to hide one's self in, no cunning policy here; people laugh outright, they weep for joy here.
The prospect of abundance of horse flesh diffused universal joy, for by this time the whole stock of travelling provisions was reduced to the skeleton steed of Pierre Dorion, and another wretched animal, equally emaciated, that had been repeatedly reprieved during the journey.
But dreams--of those who dream as I, Aspiringly, are damned, and die: Yet should I swear I mean alone, By notes so very shrilly blown, To break upon Time's monotone, While yet my vapid joy and grief Are tintless of the yellow leaf-- Why not an imp the graybeard hath, Will shake his shadow in my path-- And e'en the graybeard will o'erlook Connivingly my dreaming-book.
Cornelius ran to that window and opened it; it seemed to him as if new life, and joy, and liberty itself were entering with this sunbeam into his cell, which, so dreary of late, was now cheered and irradiated by the light of love.
No sooner said than done; but all his joy was turned to grief when he found that his neighbour had two rooms full of the precious metal.
At first it asks only for stories, then it asks for history for its own sake, and for poetry for its own sake; history, I mean, for the knowledge it gives us of the past; poetry for joy in the beautiful words, and not merely for the stories they tell.
But at dawn, when the rising sun rent apart the mists hanging over the sandbar, and made rainbows of them, joy came to the little house.