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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.
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.
(a) happy camper
a happy person. The boss came in this morning and found his hard disk trashed. He was not a 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]
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.
n. a happy person. (Often in the negative.) I am not a happy camper. I am tired, hungry, and I need a shower.
An individual who is pleased with circumstances, a contented person. This expression dates from the second half of the 1900s and originally referred to a participant in a summer camp. It is often used negatively, as in business is off 40 percent during the week. We’re not happy campers.