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happy as a lark

Very happy; contented. I've been happy as a lark ever since we moved to the countryside. Johnny's in a bit of a bad mood, but just give him a new toy to play with and he'll be happy as a lark.
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on a lark

On a whim or fancy; for fun or as a joke. On a lark, we all decided to ditch our Friday classes and drive to New York City for the weekend.
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up with the lark(s)

Awake, out of bed, and active at a particularly early hour of the morning. I don't know how he does it, but my husband has gotten up with the lark every morning of his life. I won't have another pint, thanks. I have to be up with the larks tomorrow, so I'd better head home soon.
See also: up

for a lark and on a lark

for a joke; as something done for fun. For a lark, I wore a clown's wig to school. On a lark, I skipped school and drove to the beach.
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be up with the lark

  (British, American & Australian) also be up with the crows (Australian)
to be awake and out of your bed early in the morning
Usage notes: Larks and crows are birds that start singing very early in the morning.
You were up with the lark this morning!
See also: lark, up

happy as the day is long

Also, happy as a lark; happy as a clam (at high tide). Extremely glad, delighted, very cheerful, as in He was happy as the day is long, or When she heard the news she was happy as a lark, or Once I got the test results I was happy as a clam at high tide. The first of these similes dates from the late 1700s. The second alludes to the lark's beautiful, seemingly very happy, song. The third, from the early 1800s, alludes to the fact that clams can only be dug at low tide and therefore are safe at high tide; it is often shortened to happy as a clam.
See also: happy, long

lark it up

Also, lark about. Have a noisy, exuberant good time. For example, We were larking it up when the supervisor walked in, or He's always larking about at night. These expressions employ lark in the sense of "to frolic," a usage dating from the early 1800s. Also see cut up.
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The Sidamo lark (Heteromirafra sidamoensis) is an enigmatic species, and one of the most ancient types of lark known anywhere.
If we lose this species then we lose an important ancestral link in the evolution of the entire radiation of lark species," said Dr Spottiswoode.
They conclude that the range of the bird is now down to only 35 km sqaure and that the remaining patch hosts 250 adult larks at best.
According to a report in New Scientist, the bird in question is the Sidamo lark, which may become the first contemporary African bird to go extinct.
He stands for everything she despises, but his offer of sharing his sumptuous playing fields with Larks is too good to ignore.
In the early 80s, Larks In The Park was the must-see family event.
The Larks In The Park series started in 1980 when it cost pounds 2,000 to stage the three-day festival - money which was raised by the Larks' committee from their own fund-raising events.
The horned lark is a migratory nongame native bird species, protected by international treaty under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, Fish and Game officials said.
s software in the past, I've had the chance to see firsthand how it provides powerful tools to manage cost of goods and labor costs and to automate the accounting process," said Jon Gologorsky, Vice President of Finance for Lark Creek Restaurant Group.
The Lark Creek Restaurant Group comprises several award-winning restaurants: One Market in San Francisco, Lark Creek Walnut Creek, Lark Creek San Mateo, The Lark Creek Inn and Yankee Pier in Larkspur, Parcel 104 in Santa Clara, and Arterra in San Diego.
The restaurant, Lark Creek Newport Beach, will be exclusive to Orange County and is set to open on the west side of Fashion Island near Nordstrom.
Later, Ogden and partner Michael Dellar opened Ogden's signature restaurant, The Lark Creek Inn in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, which has been acclaimed by leading critics and publications as one of the best restaurants in the nation.
Back by popular demand, The 1998 Latino Film Festival of Marin will bring its 2nd annual film festival to the Lark Theater in Larkspur Oct.
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