be (as) pleased as punch

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be (as) pleased as punch

To be very happy. The phrase refers to the titular character from "Punch and Judy," a 17th-century comedic puppet show. I was as pleased as punch when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam. I am pleased as punch that you two were able to come to the party after all!
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His Holiness understands the pressures you are under, accepts your assurances the whole mess is nothing more than a media circus, and is pleased as punch to welcome you to Rome, home of the best gladiator movies ever filmed.
The CEO is pleased as punch because he has shown himself to be a man of action and there is a created illusion of hustle and bustle around.