(as) pleased as punch

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(as) pleased as punch

Very happy, contended, and satisfied. The phrase refers to the titular character from "Punch and Judy," a 17th-century comedic puppet show. He walked out of the exam as pleased as punch, confident that he'd gotten at least an A. I am pleased as punch that you two were able to come to the party after all!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*pleased as Punch

delighted; very pleased. (*Also: as ~.) (This refers to Punch from the "Punch and Judy" shows.) Child: Do you think Grandma will like the picture I'm making for her? Father: I think she'll be as pleased as Punch. Fred was pleased as Punch to discover that Ellen was making lemon pie, his favorite, for dessert.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pleased as Punch

Delighted, as in We were pleased as Punch when they asked us to be god-parents. This term alludes to the character Punch in Punch and Judy shows, who is always very happy when his evil deeds succeed. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pleased as punch

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone is as pleased as punch about something, they are very pleased about it. He's obviously as pleased as punch about buying this timber firm. Branfoot announced he was as pleased as punch with his team's performance. Note: `Punch' is a character from traditional `Punch and Judy' puppet shows, who enjoys making trouble for people. The puppet usually has a big grin.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

pleased (or proud) as Punch

feeling great delight or pride.
This expression alludes to the self-congratulatory glee displayed by the grotesque, hook-nosed Punch, anti-hero of the Punch and Judy puppet show.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

(as) ˌpleased as ˈPunch

(British English) very pleased; delighted: My brother was as pleased as Punch when he passed his driving test.This idiom refers to the character Mr Punch in the traditional puppet play Punch and Judy.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pleased as Punch

Delighted. In the Punch-and-Judy shows of old, the character Punch is always enormously satisfied with the success of his evil deeds. The simile, first recorded in the late 1700s, was in common use for any kind of extreme satisfaction by the mid-nineteenth century. Dickens used it in Hard Times (1854): “When Sissy got into the school . . . her father was pleased as Punch.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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