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many happy returns

Also, many happy returns of the day. Happy birthday and many more of them, as in I came by to wish you many happy returns. This expression was first recorded in a letter of 1779 where the writer meant "Happy New Year," but the present meaning has persisted since the second half of the 1800s.
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He also prayed God for Tunisia's people and all the Muslim peoples to live through many happy returns in progress and prosperity.
Finally, many happy returns to Rhys Hollyman, who is 14 on Saturday.
FLAVIO SARETTA didn't have many happy returns as he tumbled out of his debut Wimbledon tournament on his 22nd birthday.
When UCLA returns to the football field this week for the start of spring practice, one of coach Bob Toledo's primary objectives is to see that there are many happy returns.
He prayed to Allah Almighty to guide them on the path of success in assuming their duties to defend the security of Bahrain under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, wishing many happy returns to Bahrain and its people.
The Mufti of the Republic extends to President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali his best wishes, praying Almighty God for many happy returns to him, to his wife, Mrs.
Blues put together a series of video greetings from staff and players wishing their boss many happy returns in Chinese.
IT was a case of many happy returns for former toddlers of Court Hey Nursery in Huyton.
So, many happy returns, Taurus, and here are my predictions.