live happily ever after

live happily ever after

This phrase borrowed, from fairy tale endings, is used to suggest that everything will work out perfectly in the future. It is often used after a couple has gotten married. It was such a beautiful wedding, and I just know that Allie and Michael will live happily ever after. It's not like real people just magically live happily ever after—it takes a lot of hard work to keep a relationship healthy!
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live happily ever after

Cliché to live in happiness after a specific event. (A formulaic phrase at the end of fairy tales.) The prince and the princess lived happily ever after. They went away from the horrible haunted castle and lived happily ever after.
See also: after, ever, happily, live

live happily ever after

Spend the rest of one's life in happiness, as in In her romantic novels the hero and heroine end up marrying and then live happily ever after . This hyperbolic phrase ends many fairy tales. [Mid-1800s]
See also: after, ever, happily, live
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Swan Lake's ending has been changed so often over time--most notably by the Soviets who arranged to have Siegfried kill von Rothbart so the lovers could live happily ever after (they didn't believe in an afterlife)--that it remains fair game for anyone staging the ballet.
She's perfectly at liberty to surrender to his mighty anything because they are destined by the stroke of a pen - or tap of a key - to live happily ever after.
I trust they learn that marriage to a prince or princess is only one option in a world where they hope to live happily ever after.
As long as the senior is using the property as their primary residence, he/she can live happily ever after.
Behind the first is a beautiful lady; if this door is chosen, they are married on the spot and allowed to live happily ever after in bliss and prosperity.
He is going to marry the daughter of his mentor and favorite professor, do graduate work in Beijing and live happily ever after.
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