The expression comes from the early 19th century; jolly as a sandboy
was also used.
As sure as eggs is eggs, bus drivers would be asking you to shake a leg as you dragged your heels down the aisle, shopkeepers would be selling off their produce for a song and children would be as happy as a sandboy
trying out the odd new phrase.
And, with the exception of a scene where he has to whip his shirt off, filmed in freezing conditions in France, he's as happy as a sandboy
Give me a book by Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain or Reginald Hill and I am as happy as a sandboy
During a furious rant at a press conference yesterday, the millionaire claimed Mr Jewell was "as mute as a sandboy
when Government bodies jacked up the prices".
Dean Hurst, from Salisbury, Wilts, is described as a "little devil" by his mum Julie.
First-season trainer Simon Callaghan is as happy as a sandboy
at Lingfield, with nine winners from the 27 horses he has sent to the Surrey track.
At this very moment he is sitting in our halainted, carpetless sitting room, as happy as a sandboy
, a sophoric expression on his face, a can of lager in his hand.
STAR of the desert Ricky Munday hopes he'll be as happy as a sandboy
tonight after helping Glasgow Hawks land the BT Cup to complete the double.
As long as I'm overground I'm as happy as a sandboy
Whatever your tastes, you should be able to kit yourself out this summer in something that will flatter to deceive on the beach and make you feel happy as a sandboy
in the holiday sun.
Having played on a beach last weekend, the Chelsea striker will be as happy as a sandboy
after backing Silver Birch from trap six to win the 8.
Freeman, 56, sparked a pounds 35,000 rescue operation when he abandoned his pounds 6500 yacht, The Sandboy
, after it was dashed against rocks at Burghead Harbour.
Roger Chapman, happy as a sandboy
after spending some of his Rio de Janeiro winnings on laser eye surgery which means he can throw away his contact lenses, can spring a 9-4 surprise by beating Open champion Paul Lawrie and Aussie Peter Senior.
One divorce later and she's happy as a sandboy
called Larry in high heels (cos the next fella's gonna be a big 'un) and a frock cunningly fashioned to look like a toga.