be as happy as a sandboy

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be as happy as a sandboy

To be in very good spirits. It is possible that sandboys (boys who sold sand in Victorian England) were said to be so happy because they were paid in alcoholic beverages. Primarily heard in UK. I was as happy as a sandboy when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam.
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Within four months my weight had gone down to 12 and a half stone and I was as happy as a sandboy.
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