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 English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


HAPPINESS - SADNESS, page 1

from:  'on cloud nine'   to:  'jump for joy'



  • on cloud nine
    • A person who is on cloud nine is very happy because something wonderful has happened.
      "When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine."

  • cry one's eyes out
    • If you cry your eyes out, you cry a lot and for a long time.
      "My son cried his eyes out when he discovered his bike had been stolen."

  • like a dog with two tails
    • If someone is like a dog with two tails, they are extremely happy.
      "When Pedro won the first prize he was like a dog with two tails."

  • down in the dumps
    • Someone who is down in the dumps is depressed or feeling gloomy.
      "Alex has been down in the dumps since he failed his exam."

  • down in the mouth
    • When someone is down in the mouth, they are showing visible signs of unhappiness. They look discouraged or depressed.
      "You look a bit down in the mouth. What's the matter?"

  • face like a wet week-end
    • If someone has a face like a wet week-end, they look sad and miserable.
      "What's wrong with Pete? He's got a face like a wet week-end!"

  • fool's paradise
    • If someone is living in a fool's paradise, they are in a state of contentment that will not last because their happiness is based on illusion or false hope.
      "Lisa is living in a fool's paradise if she thinks her boss is going to marry her."

  • full of the joys of spring
    • If you are full of the joys of spring, you are happy, enthusiastic and full of energy.
      "Barbara is full of the joys of spring at the moment! Has she got a new boyfriend?"

  • grin from ear to ear
    • If somebody grins from ear to ear, they look vey satisfied and happy.
      "When we saw Paul grinning from ear to ear, we knew he had passed the exam."

  • grin like a Cheshire cat
    • When someone has a smile on their face because they are happy or satisfied about something, they grin like a Cheshire cat.
      "I knew she had succeeded when I saw her with a grin like a Cheshire cat."

  • happy camper
    • Someone who is a happy camper is generally content or satisfied with what is happening in their lives and has no complaints.
      "With his new job and his new car, Andy is a happy camper."

  • (as) happy as a flea in a doghouse
    • If someone is (as) happy as a flea in a doghouse, they are very happy and contented.
      "Since she moved to a smaller apartment, my mother is as happy as a flea in a doghouse!"

  • happy as Larry
    • If you are (as) happy as Larry, you are very happy indeed.
      "My dad's as happy as Larry at the week-end when we all arrive home."

  • happy-go-lucky
    • If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all the time.
      "He's a happy-go-lucky sort of guy - always in good humour."

  • your heart sinks
    • If your heart sinks, you feel very unhappy and despondent.
      "My heart sank when I saw the amount of work waiting for me."

  • jump for joy
    • When people jump for joy, they express their happiness through excited movements and gestures.
      "The player jumped for joy when he scored the winning goal."

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