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in the pink

1. Healthy; in good condition. The phrase is often followed with "of health" or "of condition." It took a few weeks of bed rest, but I'm in the pink of health now. Good to see you in the pink again, John. You looked like death last time I saw you!
2. Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really in the pink!
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*in the pink (of condition)

 and *in the pink (of health)
Fig. in very good health; in very good condition, physically and emotionally. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) He recovered completely from his surgery and has been in the pink ever since. She was lively and active and in the pink of condition.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in the pink

In good health, as in We're glad to hear Bob's in the pink again. In the 1500s pink meant "the embodiment of perfection," but the current idiom dates only from about 1900.
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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.

in the pink

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone is in the pink, they are very fit and healthy. `Hello. Good evening. How are you?' — `Oh, in the pink.' Note: People sometimes use the longer expressions in the pink of condition or in the pink of health. He insists that Mr Harris, a non-smoker, appeared in the pink of health. Note: `Pink' here means best, and the word is derived from the flower of this name, which also gave its name to the colour pink.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

in the pink

in extremely good health and spirits. informal
Literally, a pink is a plant with sweet-smelling pink or white flowers and slender leaves. In figurative use, the pink came to mean ‘a supreme example of something’, as in Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet: ‘I am the very pink of courtesy’. This led to the development of the phrase in the pink of condition , of which in the pink is a shortened version.
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in the ˈpink

(old-fashioned, informal) in very good health or excellent physical condition: Here are some tips to keep you in the pink.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in the pink

1. mod. feeling quite well; feeling on top of the world. When she’s in the pink again, she’ll give you a ring.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Pete is in the pink and singing at the top of his lungs.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

in the pink

In excellent condition; in good health. This term has its roots in Shakespeare’s time, when the pink meant the embodiment of perfection. Thus, in Romeo and Juliet, “the very pink of courtesy” (2.4) means the ultimate in politeness. The cliché, however, dates only from about 1900 and today refers almost exclusively to good health.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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