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many happy returns

I wish you a very happy birthday and many more in the future. Hey Jack, many happy returns! Are you going to do anything special to celebrate the occasion?
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many happy returns

Also, many happy returns of the day. Happy birthday and many more of them, as in I came by to wish you many happy returns. This expression was first recorded in a letter of 1779 where the writer meant "Happy New Year," but the present meaning has persisted since the second half of the 1800s.
See also: happy, many, return

many happy reˈturns (of the ˈday)

used to wish somebody a happy and pleasant birthday: Here’s your present. Many happy returns!
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