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pride and joy

That which fills one with a great sense of pride, pleasure, happiness, or contentment. This car is my father's pride and joy—if we put a single scratch on it, he'll go ballistic! I know it's a bit of a cliché, but my children truly are my pride and joy.
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pride and joy

Fig. something or someone that one is very proud of. (Often in reference to a baby, a car, a house, etc. Fixed order.) And this is our little pride and joy, Roger. Fred pulled up in his pride and joy and asked if I wanted a ride.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pride and joy

The object of one's great pleasure, as in Our new grandson is our pride and joy, or Dana's car is his pride and joy. This term was probably invented by Sir Walter Scott in his poem Rokeby (1813), where he described children as "a mother's pride, a father's joy."
See also: and, joy, pride
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

your pride and joy

Someone or something that is your pride and joy is very important to you and makes you feel very happy. The bike soon became his pride and joy. He was his father's only hope, his mother's pride and joy.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

your pride and joy

someone or something of which you are very proud and which is a source of great pleasure.
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your ˌpride and ˈjoy

somebody/something that you are very proud and pleased to have: That car’s his pride and joy.His granddaughter is his real pride and joy.
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pride and joy, one's

A prized possession. This term comes from a poem by Sir Walter Scott, “Rokeby” (1813), in which he described children as “a mother’s pride, a father’s joy.” It was subsequently broadened to include any accomplishment or possession.
See also: and, pride
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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"It was his pride and joy. He used it on offroad tracks with friends in Wakefield.
That car was his pride and joy and now he's going to come home and find it has been stolen."
"I found the television in the shed and I knew I had to do something to preserve his pride and joy so I contacted the Herbert and they accepted it.
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This month another bloke trashed his pride and joy in a road rally in Utah when he hit a bump at 200mph, spectacularly rolling his Enzo seven times.
And the winning owner had good news of his pride and joy, set to return to the track this term after missing the whole of last season.
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD: Jim Fitzgerald gives the thumbs up as he shows a classic way of displaying his pride and joy Morris Minors; GOOD SPORT: Owner Jim
They stole his pride and joy - a pounds 23,000 silver Subaru Imprezza.
And the success of his revamp has even earned him a feature in the latest issue of Classic Ford magazine, as well as recommendations to take his pride and joy to a national classic motor show.
Kevin, 42, whose home he shared at Warminster, Wilts, said: "The car was his pride and joy." Graham was also upset at being out of work after service with the RAF, Rolls-Royce and British Airways, he added.