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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Happiness - Sadness

(Idioms, page 1 :  on cloud nine  → 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 Paul 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 look unhappy, 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.
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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