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be as happy as Larry

To be in very good spirits. The phrase's origin is unknown, but it may refer to Australian boxer Larry Foley. I was as happy as Larry when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam.
See also: happy, Larry

be as happy as a sandboy

To be in very good spirits. It is possible that sandboys (boys who sold sand in Victorian England) were said to be so happy because they were paid in alcoholic beverages. Primarily heard in UK. I was as happy as a sandboy when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam.
See also: happy, sandboy

(as) happy as a sandboy

In very good spirits. It is possible that sandboys (boys who sold sand in Victorian England) were said to be so happy because they were paid in alcoholic beverages. Primarily heard in UK. I was as happy as a sandboy when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam.
See also: happy, sandboy

happy as a sandboy

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you are happy as a sandboy, you are very happy. He's all smiles and happy as a sandboy. Note: Sandboys were boys or men who sold bags of sand from carts. It is possible that they were described as `happy' because they had a reputation for spending their money on alcohol.
See also: happy, sandboy

happy as a sandboy

extremely happy; perfectly contented with your situation.
An 1823 dictionary describes a sandboy as an urchin who sold sand in the streets, and according to the same source the expression jolly as a sandboy was already proverbial by that date for ‘a merry fellow who has tasted a drop’. A common British version of the phrase is happy as Larry , Larry being a pet name for Lawrence . This saying is sometimes connected with the renowned boxer Larry Foley ( 1847–1917 ); on the other hand, it may owe something to larry , a dialect word used by Thomas Hardy , meaning ‘a state of excitement’. The North American version is happy as a clam , which apparently originated in the early 19th century on the east coast, where clams are plentiful: the full version happy as a clam at high water explains the source of the clam's satisfaction.
See also: happy, sandboy
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HAPPY AS A SANDBOY: The Tannadice pitch was more like a beach yesterday but Ronald de Boer was happy to lie down on the job to celebrate his second and Rangers' third goal
Having played on a beach last weekend, the Chelsea striker will be as happy as a sandboy after backing Silver Birch from trap six to win the 8.00 at Wimbledon tonight.
ONE ECK OF A BOSS: Alex McLeish; HAPPY AS A SANDBOY; Moore enjoys a round at Dubai Creek Golf Club and now aims to stay on course for another championship medal as well as World Cup glory with the Socceroos; POOL PLAYER: Moore relaxes by the water at Rangers' Dubai training camp
Roger Chapman, happy as a sandboy after spending some of his Rio de Janeiro winnings on laser eye surgery which means he can throw away his contact lenses, can spring a 9-4 surprise by beating Open champion Paul Lawrie and Aussie Peter Senior.
Whatever your tastes, you should be able to kit yourself out this summer in something that will flatter to deceive on the beach and make you feel happy as a sandboy in the holiday sun.White gypsy-style string bikini...
Mrs Pitman said yesterday: "Princeful is as happy as a sandboy. He appears to be very comfortable, standing four-square on his feet, and everyone is delighted with his progress.
`I would,' she says, `but you're still here.' One divorce later and she's happy as a sandboy called Larry in high heels (cos the next fella's gonna be a big 'un) and a frock cunningly fashioned to look like a toga.
Freeman, 56, sparked a pounds 35,000 rescue operation when he abandoned his pounds 6500 yacht, The Sandboy, after it was dashed against rocks at Burghead Harbour.
Payne described Earth Summit as "happy as a sandboy" back at Nigel Twiston- Davies' yard yesterday and, despite the likelihood of top weight in the Welsh National, is confident of another bold showing.