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be a happy camper

To be pleasant and in good spirits. I'm a happy camper now that I've been promoted and am no longer an intern! He's not going to be a happy camper when he finds out you ate his leftovers.
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happy camper

Someone who is happy or content. Often used in the negative to indicate someone who is particularly unhappy, irritable, or displeased. I just got a raise, so I'm a happy camper today. I could tell the crew members were not happy campers after having to work so late. She was not a happy camper when her work permit application was denied.
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(a) happy camper

a happy person. The boss came in this morning and found his hard disk trashed. He was not a happy camper.
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happy camper

A satisfied participant, a contented person, as in She loved the challenge of her new job; she was one happy camper. This expression is also often put in the negative, as in She hated the heat and humidity of the southern summer; she was not a happy camper. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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a happy camper

If you say that someone is a happy camper, you mean that they pleased about something. When Oisin scored that goal I was a happy camper again. Note: You can also say that someone is not a happy camper if they are angry, upset or not satisfied about something. I just wasn't a happy camper. I felt a piece of me was missing and I didn't know what it was.
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happy camper

n. a happy person. (Often in the negative.) I am not a happy camper. I am tired, hungry, and I need a shower.
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The next step is to find a time when you can take the two or three campers on the "play-date.
area campers, whether it's the RV camping at Simi Valley's Oak Park, left, or the efforts of campers such as Alex Gomez, above, staking out his spot at Leo Carrillo State Beach.
Campers return home with great stories, fond memories, and a new confidence in their understanding of our history, government, and heritage that will serve them--and their nation--for a lifetime.
Of the 512 campers that attend camp each summer, about 97 percent are children who belong to ethnic minorities (63 percent Hispanic and around 34 percent African American).
YMCA leaders said campers get a safe and nurturing environment in which to participate in a ropes challenge course, equestrian activities, swimming, campfire, archery, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, games and crafts.
The camp promotes the quality of fortitude and encourages campers to be bold and try new activities and build new skills.
But with the majority of campers coming from California, it also makes a certain sense to create new programs catering to kids' ``American Idol''- and ``Jackass''-watching sensibilities, Vigon says.
Enrollment numbers based on age of campers was also a concern this summer.
Campers who do not attend every week don't have to worry about missing out because each week starts over fresh on Monday with new tribe names being picked out each week.
Our role is to help campers believe they can manage things on their own because they can--with needed encouragement and support.
Campers may become impatient with each other and minor confrontations will occur.
Severe homesickness is preventable in first-year campers.
We must train our staff members to recognize the presence of risky behaviors in campers and themselves.