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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"This couldn't have happened to a nicer person. I hope they enjoy their good fortune."
Fellow songress Florence Welch, who has known Adele for many years said: "I'm so pleased for her and I just think it couldn't have happened to a nicer person."
He phoned to tell me he'd won and we are all so happy for him - it couldn't have happened to a nicer person."
Roy's mum Jeanette[correct] said: "She is a lovely girl and it couldn't have happened to a nicer person."
Roy's mum Jeanette, said: "She is a lovely girl and it couldn't have happened to a nicer person.
Mr Conroy, 50, who's a maintenance engineer, said it "couldn't have happened to a nicer person", adding: "she works her socks off and deserves something like this."
One said: "It couldn't have happened to a nicer person. It is wonderful to see somebody local, and somebody deserving, win such a large amount."
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