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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Happiness - Sadness

(Idioms, page 2 :   life is just a bowl of cherries  →  whatever floats your boat )

life is just a bowl of cherries This expression means that life is pleasant and uncomplicated.
(This phrase is often used ironically to mean the opposite.)
Now that he's retired, my grandfather says 'life is just a bowl of cherries'.
lump in your throat If you have a lump in your throat, you have a tight feeling in your throat because of a strong emotion such as sadness or gratitude.
The speech was so touching that I had a lump in my throat.
music to your ears If something is music to your ears, the information that you receive makes you feel very happy.
His compliments were music to my ear.
never looked back If you say that you never looked back, you mean that after an event which changed your life for the better, you continue to be happy with the situation.
Since the day she decided to work from home, she has never looked back.
over the moon If you are over the moon about something, you are very happy about it.
When she heard the results of the exam, Caroline was over the moon!
paint the town red If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy a lively evening in bars, night-clubs, etc.
To celebrate the victory, the team's supporters painted the town red.
as pleased as punch Someone who is as pleased or as proud as punch is delighted or feels very satisfied about something.
Danny was as proud as punch when he won the tennis match.
in raptures If you are in raptures about something, you are delighted or very enthusiastic.
Caroline is in raptures about her new apartment.
stars in your eyes If someone has stars in their eyes, they are looking extremely happy.
She had stars in her eyes when she saw the car she had won.
in seventh heaven If you are in seventh heaven, you are extremely happy.
Every time she wins a match, she's in seventh heaven!
in stitches When people are in stitches, they are laughing a lot.
The story was so funny, everyone was in stitches.
thrilled to bits Someone who is thrilled to bits is extremely pleased about something.
Julie was thrilled to bits when her project was selected.
tickled pink If you are tickled pink, you are very pleased about something.
My dad was tickled pink when he was asked to announce the winner.
time of your life If you have the time of our life, you enjoy yourself very much.
The kids had the time of their lives at Disneyland.
on top of the world If you feel on top of the world, you are extremely happy because everything is going well for you.
It's been such a good year for Amy that she feels on top of the world.
walking on air When you are happy and excited because of a pleasant event that makes you feel as if you are floating, you are walking on air.
Sophie has been walking on air since her painting won the first prize.
whatever floats your boat Although you don't quite agree with someone, it's their choice and you think they should so whatever makes them happy.
You're going to spend your honeymoon in Alaska? Well, whatever floats your boat!
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