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happy days

1. Literally, a period of time that is pleasant, prosperous, or happy. With the economy recovering, it looks like the happy days might finally be coming back. It is not uncommon to long for the happy days of one's youth.
2. An expression of congratulation or happiness regarding positive news or information. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. We're all going to get a bonus at the end of the month? Happy days! John: "My work visa was finally approved yesterday." Janet: "Ah, happy days! That must be a weight off your shoulders!"
3. An informal phrase of farewell. I'll see you tomorrow, class. Happy days!
See also: days, happy
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"Well, old friend, you have told me nothing of Lady Muriel--nor when the happy day is to be?"
"The happy day," Arthur said, looking unexpectedly grave, "is yet in the dim future.
What a happy day for booksellers, music-sellers, and print-shops!
And Nicholas, who had vainly suffered all the dread that precedes a battle and had spent that happy day in inactivity, was all the more depressed.
Jones, little did I think, when I past that happy day at Upton, the
Also I would add that never in my life have I passed such happy days as I am spending at present.
These heavenly blessings had seemed mere than enough for nearly five years, during which the good sister and I had kept house together, leading a life of tranquil happy days. Friends and books and flowers!
He wondered if she ever thought of him--if the happy days that they had spent together never recurred to her mind.
Now that they were reunited, Dorothy and her friends spent a few happy days at the Yellow Castle, where they found everything they needed to make them comfortable.
"Do you mean that it wouldn't be enough then, Aunt Polly, that they should be just happy days?" she asked wistfully.
Nous en sommes nous flanquees des confidences--in those happy days when my first thought in seeing an adventure poindre a l'horizon was of the pleasure I should have in relating it to the great Prosper.
Come soon, so that we may both of us enjoy many happy days together.
THE good king of whom we read in the last chapter was called Athelwold, and the poet tells us that there were happy days in England while he reigned.
In the middle of this plain is the oasis of birdcherries and greenery where I spend my happy days, and in the middle of the oasis is the gray stone house with many gables where I pass my reluctant nights.
There he was--the dear old friend of the happy days that were never to come again--there he was in the old corner, on the old beehive chair, with his pipe in his mouth, and his ROBINSON CRUSOE on his lap, and his two friends, the dogs, dozing on either side of him!