wish (one) joy

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wish (one) joy

To offer someone congratulations and hope for good fortune in the future. I called my niece to wish her joy after hearing that she'd gotten engaged.
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wish someone joy

used to congratulate someone on something. British, chiefly ironic
2001 Daily Telegraph I…wish Lord Hamlyn , Tony and Cherie every possible joy of sex, money, and all the rest of it.
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References in classic literature ?
Snell's sentiment, that when a man had deserved his good luck, it was the part of his neighbours to wish him joy.
Nobody could be more steady or quiet than this young man; we therefore wish him joy of the excursion with all our heart; and it will certainly be beneficial for a person who leads so sedentary a life.
"To-day is Polly's birthday," said she with stupid simplicity: "and the little brown field-bird must wish him joy."
"Faith!" exclaimed Planchet, "here's land in good condition; if it belongs to Monsieur Porthos I wish him joy."
"I wish him joy of the fidelity of the picture he has painted," thought I.
If Harrison believes that he can reason into decency people like his fellow philosopher Ted Honderich, an English import from Canada who espouses "Violence for Equality," and effusively sings the praises of Palestinian suicide bombers, I wish him joy of his efforts.