happy as... adj.
in phrs. meaning either very happy or very unhappy.
|Creevey Papers (1948) 103: I am as happy as a grig with little Thet, and don’t care a damn for Liverpool.letter 5 Oct. in Gore|
|Honk! 4 Jan. 6/2: If the O.T. could only get two square feet of Mother Earth under him, he would be happy as ‘Knock out’ in a two-up school.|
(Aus.) very unhappy.
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 28: Happy as a bastard on father’s day: Extremely unhappy.|
|ABC Radio (Aus.) ‘Lingua Franca’ [radio script] I think the crude and rambunctious verbal humour of ordinary working Australians is a tiny treasure of world culture, and if the way they talk out beyond the black sump was eradicated I’d be about as happy as a bastard on Father’s Day.|
|Lingo 124: To be as happy as a bastard on father’s day is to be not very happy at all.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 97: happy as a bride without her bloke/a Baptist in a nudist colony/a bastard on Father’s Day/a kiwi in a dog kennel/a shag off a rock/a sick eel on a sandspit, etc Very unhappy in some of the multitude of variations. ANZ. happy as a dog with two dicks Ecstatically happy.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 12 Jan. 227: I’m as happy as a black in a barrel of treacle, dear wife.|
(Aus.) very discontented, very unhappy.
|Aus. Lang. 87: Here are a few more similes snatched from our environment: [...] happy as a boxing kangaroo in fogtime.|
(Aus./UK/US) in very high spirits.
|Sporting Times 15 Mar. 2/1: So we were all happy as birds together.|
|in Rainbow in Morning 88: As happy as a bird.|
|Aus. Lang. 88: Of additional similes peculiarly our own, the following are among the best: [...] to feel like a box of birds, to feel happy or ‘chirpy’.|
|Jimmy Brockett 28: As soon as I saw the sporting pages in the last papers I was happy as a box of birds.|
|(ref. 1940s) Things My Mother Never Told Me 87: Expressions of happiness come in several forms: full of beans, box o’ birds and happy as a sandboy.|
(US) very happy.
|Naval Surgeon (1963) 189: All were gay and happy [...] Secoconoson and all the rest as lively as bugs in a rug.diary 15 May in Barnes|
|in Rainbow in Morning 88: As happy as a bedbug [...] as happy as a June bug.|
|Amer. Songbag 112: When you’ve got lots of money [...] You’re as happy as a bug in a rug.‘Money’ in|
|(con. 1918) Top Kick 9: I knew he’d be happy as a bug on a hot stove watchin’ for the O.D. and tryin’ to see him in time to give me the office.|
|Hollywood Girl 158: Come back to New York and marry me and we can be as happy as a couple of bugs in a rug.|
(US) very happy, totally satisfied.
|Harvardiana I 121: He could not even enjoy that peculiar degree of satisfaction, usually denoted by the phrase ‘as happy as a clam’ [DA].|
|diary Diary and Letters (1922) I 14 June 364: Happy as a ‘king,’ ‘a lark,’ ‘a clam’.in Williams|
|‘The Happy Miner’ in Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 135: No matter whether rich or poor, I’m happy as a clam.et al.|
|letter q. in Wiley Life of Billy Yank (1952) 43: They were as happy as clams in high water.|
|in Four Brothers in Blue (1978) 11 Dec. 193: Bob is [...] as happy as a clam to-night.|
|Sailor’s Word-Bk (1991) 189: Clam [...] ‘As happy as a clam at high-water,’ a figurative expression for otiose comfort.|
|Appleton’s Journal (N.Y.) 9 Dec. 669: There is another class of similes scarcely as pertinent; as, for instance: [...] talk to him like a Dutch uncle; smiling as a basket of chips; odd as Dick’s hatband; happy as a clam at high water.|
|‘Farmer Greeley’ in Farmer of Chappaqua Songster 9: He keeps himself as happy as a clam.|
|‘The Little Old Sod Shanty’ in Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 465: I’m happy as a clam on this land of Uncle Sam’s.et al.|
|‘Kansas Land’ in Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 462: I got my land from Uncle Sam, / And I am happy as a clam.et al.|
|‘Central Connecticut Word-List’ in DN III:i 11: happy as a clam, prov. Also commoner, ‘happy as a clam at high water’.|
|N.Y. Eve. Post 20 June 5: Now I’m in business and happy as a clam at high tide [DA].|
|DA].Cap’n Warren’s Wards 244: I was as happy as a clam at highwater [|
|Cockney At Home 137: Young Pridlets said, ‘I don’t agree wi’ you’, ’an made the ole man as ’appy as a sand-bag’.|
|Gay-cat 214: Lees is happy as a clam in high water.|
|Gunner Inglorious (1974) 155: But I’m happy as a clam in this land of fleas and sand.|
|Diamonds Are Forever (1958) 161: I’m happy as a cricket [...] I just can’t get over being so happy.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 405: She was happy as a clam.|
|Skeletons 114: ‘You’re pleased.’ ‘Happy as a horned toad.’.|
|Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 108: Warbucks was happy as a clam at high tide.|
|Cat’s Eye (1989) 201: There I am, in the Grade Six class pictures, smiling broadly. Happy as a clam, is what my mother says for happy.|
|Guardian 28 July 7: How happy is this album? It is about as happy as a clam after it has been prised open and fried with garlic and parsley.|
|Turning Angel 451: She’s happy as a clam.|
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 48: I’m happy as a dog with a bellyful of soup and a streetful of lamp-posts.|
|Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960) 11: I’m going to feel as hot as a pot-bellied stove, and as happy as a dog with a tin tail.‘Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ in|
|Foetal Attraction (1994) 228: Don’t worry. In a few weeks you’ll be as happy as a dog with two dicks.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 4: He was as happy as a dog with two mickeys.|
(N.Z.) very happy.
|Cockney At Home 67: And we all drinks together as happy as moths in a best blanket.|
|Dominion (Wellington) 9 Nov. 13: The troops mustered two dozen cans of Fosters, the chief (engineer) and I gave him [i.e. a reporter] the rum we’ve been saving... He’s as happy as a flea at a dog show [DNZE].|
(US) very happy.
|Decade 329: Mama, happy as a hophead.|
(Aus.) very happy.
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] I was ecstatic. Happier than a mosquito in a blood bank.|
(Can.) very cheerful (with obvious sexual overtones given the ‘phallic’ asparagus).
|DSUE (8th edn) 530: [...] since ca. 1910.|
|Boston Gazette 7 Jan. n.p.: Canadians! Then in droves come over, And live henceforth like pigs in clover [DA].|
|Sporting Times 18 Jan. 1: Wondering Why the Pig who got in Clover thought the Sward was Mightier than the Pen.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues V 193/2: as happy as a pig in muck (or shit) = contented but filthy.|
|Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 14: Happy as pigs in muck.|
|(con. 1941) Twenty Thousand Thieves 67: ‘Every body happy?’ ‘Happy as pigs in mud,’ snarled Dooley.|
|On the Yard (2002) 345: I seen her in the line [...] swishing and giggling, happy as a pig in shit.|
|Carlito’s Way 16: I was happy as a pig in shit.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 87: They [...] were as happy as hogs in shit.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 134: Talked to fein this morning. Happy as a pig in shit.|
|Best Radio Plays (1984) 116: Give him a job – carrying gear, moving furniture – happy as a pig in muck.No Exceptions in|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Yeah, he’s happy as a pig in sugar!‘Strained Relations’|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 141: ‘So your boss is quite happy, eh?’ [...] ‘Yeah. Happy as the proverbial pig in shit’.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 15: We are as happy as pigs in shit because killing is our business and business is good.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 226: When we went to the yards he was happier than a pig in shit.|
|Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 85: I was happy as a pig in shite.|
|Candy 45: We were pigs in shit, the three of us.|
|Dead Long Enough 147: The Wop was like a pig in shit: happily squashed between youthful limbs.|
|Grits 311: — Yis a happy mahn, Colm? — As a pig in shite.|
|(ref. 1940s) Things My Mother Never Told Me 131: Landing lucky in the Azores, Flight-Lieutenant 118415 feels like a pig in clover.|
|www.asstr.org [Internet] Basically, I’m as happy as a pig in clover, especially when Monica takes some holiday snapshots I’ll really enjoy posting to my china plates.‘Dead Beard’ at|
|Hell on Hoe Street 96: All our doctors are Asians in Walthamstow. You be like a pig in shit.|
|Viva La Madness 39: Now Sonny’s got his champagne [...] he’s as happy as a pig in shit.|
(N.Z.) very unhappy.
|Gunner Inglorious (1974) 88: He’d go up to a guard and [...] suck his lips and look as happy as a hooked fish.|
|DNZE].Pioneer Recollections (1956) 58: And so the seekers after ‘Duncan’ at length turned their faces homeward, looking about as happy as a sick eel on a sand spit [|
(orig. Aus.) perfectly happy, quite content.
|Six months in the Hejaz 39: The boy is now with us in Meccah, happy as Larry.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 23 Nov. Red Page/1: Rats! Sending over to plaguey Sydney for music! Some of these days a microbe will come sailing over on a piece of music as happy as Larry, and then where’ll you be?|
|Buln-Buln and the Brolga (1948) [Internet] Presently he’ll come jogging along here, as happy as Larry.|
|Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 May 7/3: ’Member when we uster lob inter camp, covered in dust and dry as bones? Why, we were as happy as Larry. Use’n’t the lads to swear when they bumped their septics?|
|Working Bullocks 278: I’m happy as larry!|
|Cobbers 25: He said he was as happy as Larry to see a fresh face.|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 322: Aunt Della and Uncle Ned were as happy as Larry.|
|Murphy (1963) 124: Left in peace they would have been happy as Larry, short for Lazarus, whose raising seemed to Murphy perhaps the one occasion on which the Messiah had over stepped the mark.|
|Best of Myles (1968) 57: As happy as Larry lookin’ at them.|
|Battlers 177: They was all as happy as Larry till you come down talking bloody war.|
|Aus. Lang. 88: Of additional similes peculiarly our own, the following are among the best: [...] happy as larry, extremely happy.|
|Shiralee 86: Full as a boot and happy as Larry.|
|Ghosts of the Big Country 59: The grog’s got ’em now [...] When we held our annual race meetings years ago the blacks were as happy as Larry.|
|Spike Island (1981) 387: For my first nine years I was on foot patrol on the beat. I was as happy as Harry.|
|Plays 3 (1994) Scene iv: I’d never took a girl out before but I walked happy-as-larry, bliss, Mr King, at her side.Gigli Concert in|
|Breakfast on Pluto 158: Pat McGrane (old classmate) is as happy as larry.|
|Guardian G2 1 June 6: You shake your butt for men [...] and they’re happy as Larry.|
|Hell on Hoe Street 134: I come out of nick happy as Larry.|