couldn't happen to a nicer (person)

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couldn't happen to a nicer (person)

Of an outcome, completely deserved by the person or people in question. Sometimes used sarcastically when referring to a negative event happening to an unpleasant person. Dawn and her partner are expecting their first child this summer. They're so excited, and it couldn't happen to a nicer couple. I hear that jerk Tony is heading into bankruptcy—couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
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In fact, one of the reactions just about sums up the consensus: "It couldn't happen to a nicer guy."
I am thrilled for him, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy."
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"It couldn't happen to a nicer guy and you could see the reaction of everyone, not just the fans, but also the players, the staff.
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Won't be long before South Africa starts slapping sanctions on California.
It couldn't happen to a nicer guy, a smarter actor, or a man more totally dedicated to his craft.
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