(as) happy as a duck in Arizona

(as) happy as a duck in Arizona

Unhappy or miserable. A duck would not be happy with Arizona's desert conditions. Her date never showed up, so she's about as happy as a duck in Arizona right now.
See also: Arizona, duck, happy

happy as a duck in Arizona

Unhappy. Ducks like water. Arizona is a largely arid state. Ergo, an unhappy person would be as unhappy as a teal in Tucson. Contrast that condition with someone who is as happy as a clam at high tide or as a flea in a doghouse.
See also: Arizona, duck, happy