Larry


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happy as a clam at high tide

Very joyful and content. Clams are dug at low tide, so a clam at high tide would be able to remain uncaught. Look at your sister out there! She's happy as a clam at high tide now that she's back in the starting lineup again. I know I'll be happy as a clam at high tide once I get this stupid cast off my leg.
See also: clam, happy, high, tide

be as happy as Larry

To be in very good spirits. The phrase's origin is unknown, but it may refer to Australian boxer Larry Foley. I was as happy as Larry when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam.
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(as) happy as Larry

To be in very good spirits. The phrase's origin is unknown, but it may refer to Australian boxer Larry Foley. I was as happy as Larry when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam.
See also: happy, Larry

(as) happy as the day is long

Very happy; contented. I've been happy as the day is long ever since we moved to the countryside. Johnny's in a bit of a bad mood, but just give him a new toy to play with and he'll be as happy as the day is long.
See also: happy, long

(as) happy as a clam in butter sauce

Very joyful and content. Look at your sister out there! She's happy as a clam in butter sauce now that she's back in the starting lineup again. I know I'll be happy as a clam in butter sauce once I get this stupid cast off my leg.
See also: butter, clam, happy, sauce

happy as Larry

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you are as happy as Larry, you are very happy. I gave her a police badge to wear on her sleeve and she was as happy as Larry. Note: `Larry' may refer to the successful Australian boxer Larry Foley (1847-1917). Alternatively, `Larry' may come from `larrikin', a 19th century word for a hooligan or ruffian, used mainly in Australia.
See also: happy, Larry

(as) happy as the day is ˈlong/as a ˈclam/as ˈLarry

(informal) very happy: Grandpa’s as happy as a clam helping the children to fly their kites.
See also: clam, happy, Larry, long
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At first, Larry thinks he might stick to the Victorians and collect the works of Anthony Trollope, but then his focus shifts to American writers, primarily those associated with the New Yorker magazine.
Larry won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction in 2003, for As Long As the Rivers Flow, and his latest book, Residential Schools: With the Words and Images of Survivors, written with Wayne K.
A few weeks later I got a tearful call from Larry and his wife, looking for my advice.
John Avlon / Jeffries Morris; Larry Silverstein, Honoree, Chairman Emeritus of Realty Foundation / Silverstein Properties
Unlike the others, Larry didn't ask about the paper, which was on insolvency risk, or my defense of its themes.
Larry is currently at work on a project highlighting the bristlecone pine ecosystem, which is also facing serious new threats to its existence.
And everybody wearing them says if you knew Larry Ragsdale, you'd love him, too.
4] The protagonist of the film, Larry Gopnik, is a decent man.
Larry Henderson died in London, Ontario, late November 2006 at the age of 89.
ONE of the legendary stalwarts of the Showband and Country music scene, Larry Cunningham, is the featured guest on the new RTE series, A Little Bit Country, on Sunday evening at 7.
A "punk rock dropout" who edited a department store's newspaper ads before moving to Hustler in 1983, Allan MacDonell spent 20 years climbing the greasy pole at Larry Flynt Publications.
This was all, as Larry puts it, "for some reason or another," and is demonstrative of the adventurous spirit, desire to push himself, and love of sport that have sustained him for his entire life.
The story is told through the eyes of 12-year-old Larry, an observant boy who notices the changes that are rolling through his group of classmates--and himself.