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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.
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Being a sandboy in Bridlington, for instance, might have been quite reasonable.
Mrs Pitman said yesterday: "Princeful is as happy as a sandboy.
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.
Within four months my weight had gone down to 12 and a half stone and I was as happy as a sandboy.
Last night the once-fiery Frenchman was happy as a sandboy having a kickabout with his eight-year-old son Raphael in the courtyard of his parents' farm-style home high in the French Alps.
N first appearances you maybe slightly under whelmed by Sandboys but step inside and be prepared to be blown away.
THESE GAA stars were as happy as sandboys yesterday as they hit the beach Down Under.
Fresh signing Chris Foley, 27, from Gateshead, is also playing the label night in duet The Sandboys, delivering their signature brand of 'Colk' - Country, Folk and Rock.
It's obvious to younger Brothers their elders are as happy as sandboys playing hide and seek with SCAF.
We talk and speculate all week but once the players get to Friday they are as happy as sandboys.
They were stripped to the buff, burned with the sun, and greeted the passage of the ship with cheers and songs: a remarkable translation from the factories and mills of Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield, and the mines of Wales and Northumbria, they seemed happy with life as sandboys, as indeed they were.
99); and a reading of the Henry Mayhew and George Cruikshank serial, 1851; or, The Adventures of Mr and Mrs Sandboys, or a glance at Anne Humpherys 1977 biography of Mayhew, will show that the artist did not dictate to the author.
Sandboys, cited in Christopher Harvie, Graham Martin, and Aaron Scharf, eds.