happy as Larry
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(as) happy as Larry
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. I've been happy as Larry ever since we moved to the countryside. I was happy as Larry in my sitting room surrounded by my three beautiful children.
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happy as LarryBRITISH, 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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
(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.
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