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happy as a clam


extremely happy


Happy as a clam refers to its being dug from its bed of sand only at low tide; at high tide it is quite safe from molestation.

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1830+; orig. happy-as-a-clam-at-full-tide's 21st Century Lexicon
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happy as a clam

adjective phrase

Very happy; euphoric: She's happy as a clam with contractor Roe Messner/ on a posing dais in front of a full-length mirror, happy as a clam

[1636+; fr earlier locution happy as a clam at high tide, that is, when it cannot be dug]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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