be (sitting) on top of the world

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be (sitting) on top of the world

To be very happy. I was on top of the world when I found out that I'd gotten an A on my hardest exam. Cathy has been sitting on top of the world ever since she got that big promotion at work.
See also: of, on, top, world
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on top of the world, to be

To feel elated; to be extremely successful. This metaphor for the peak of well-being dates from the early twentieth century. P. G. Wodehouse used it in Very Good, Jeeves! (1930): “If ever a bird [fellow] was sitting on top of the world, that bird was Bingo.”
See also: of, on, to, top
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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