happy as a clam (at high tide)

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(as) happy as a clam at high tide

Very joyful and content. Clams are dug up at low tide, so a clam at high tide would be able to remain uncaught. Look at your sister out there! She's as 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.
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happy as a clam (at high tide)

Delighted with one’s lot. An American expression dating from the early nineteenth century, it comes from clamming, which involves digging clams out of the sand at low tide. At high tide it is difficult, if not impossible, to dig for clams. Safety thus is the obvious reason for the mollusk’s carefree state of mind.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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