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happy hunting ground

the North American Indian heaven, conceived of as a paradise of hunting and feasting for warriors and hunters.
a place where one finds in abundance that which one needs or desires, or where one may pursue an activity without restriction:
New England attics are happy hunting grounds for antique collectors.
Origin of happy hunting ground
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And they have an hereafter for the braves at least, a happy hunting ground.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • It is in the peace of the happy hunting ground that we find rest.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • All are familiar with the tradition of the “happy hunting ground.”

  • Norway is by no means a happy hunting ground for the gourmet.

  • The this-style-in-a-frame-for-a-shilling sort seem to look on it as a happy hunting ground.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • Some of my readers with sporting proclivities are already beginning to ask, "Where is this 'happy hunting ground?'"

  • He places the weapons of the chase in the grave that they may take them to the happy hunting ground with them.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • A good many were not averse to ivory poaching; and the happy hunting ground of ivory poaching was at that time the French Congo.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • These two had passed together to the shores of the happy hunting ground.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • The fleet-footed monarch's reign was over, and already he had gone to his happy hunting ground.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for happy hunting ground

happy hunting ground

(in American Indian legend) the paradise to which a person passes after death
a productive or profitable area for a person with a particular interest or requirement: jumble sales proved happy hunting grounds in her search for old stone jars
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with happy hunting ground

happy hunting ground

A place where one can find or do what one wishes without restriction. For example, The North Shore is a happy hunting ground for antique collectors. This term alludes to the Native American idea of an afterlife where hunters find unlimited game. [ Early 1800s ]
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