live happily ever after

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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She's perfectly at liberty to surrender to his mighty anything because they are destined by the stroke of a pen - or tap of a key - to live happily ever after.
I trust they learn that marriage to a prince or princess is only one option in a world where they hope to live happily ever after.
As long as the senior is using the property as their primary residence, he/she can live happily ever after.
Behind the first is a beautiful lady; if this door is chosen, they are married on the spot and allowed to live happily ever after in bliss and prosperity.
Such acceptance has allowed for romances to break out of "tradition" and include controversial topics such as AIDS, illegitimacy and addiction--so long as the hero and the heroine live happily ever after.
He is going to marry the daughter of his mentor and favorite professor, do graduate work in Beijing and live happily ever after.
The message might be a simple one: we should live happily ever after.
It's not like you get to the big leagues, your dreams come true and you live happily ever after,'' Flores said.
But there is no reason to assume that the reunited Gonzalez family will now live happily ever after.
It will be a home to someone; we name them Jack and Jill (if I remember Jerome Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein's version of John Winthrop correctly); we place them on a hill; we give them two kids and a dog and let them live happily ever after.
IT'S a truism to say some people carry a torch for a past lover throughout their lives and, yes, years later that love can blossom when they meet up again and they can live happily ever after.
But will they all live happily ever after on a Summer Holiday or will Vivian give the singer a cheery headbutt?
At this point, they would probably run off and live happily ever after except for one tragic complication.
And he shows in the flashy chorus-line finale that sex, dance,and entertainment can live happily ever after.