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happy hunting ground

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noun
  1. the North American Indian heaven, conceived of as a paradise of hunting and feasting for warriors and hunters.
  2. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for happy hunting ground

happy hunting ground

noun
  1. (in American Indian legend) the paradise to which a person passes after death
  2. a productive or profitable area for a person with a particular interest or requirementjumble sales proved happy hunting grounds in her search for old stone jars
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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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