be sitting on cloud nine

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be sitting on cloud nine

To be in a state of extreme, euphoric happiness. Ever since Mary got her promotion at work, she's been sitting on cloud nine. I don't think I've ever seen her happier! We were all sitting on cloud nine after winning the championship game.
See also: cloud, nine, on, sitting
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on cloud nine, to be sitting

To be blissfully happy. Some writers believe this expression began as being on cloud seven, akin to being in seventh heaven. Others feel nine has legitimacy in its own right, since it has been a mystical number since the times of the ancient Greeks. Nine is a trinity of trinities (3 x 3), and a trinity itself represents a perfect unity. In any event, the cliché dates only from the mid-twentieth century.
See also: cloud, on, sitting, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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