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sunny side

the part upon which sunlight falls:
the sunny side of the house.
a pleasant or hopeful aspect or part:
the sunny side of life.
some age less than one specified:
You're still on the sunny side of thirty.
Origin of sunny side
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sunny side
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  • "Only dogs and Americans walk on the sunny side," say the Mexicans.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • I gathered it this morning—see, it is quite ripe—it was on the sunny side.

    Grandmother Dear

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • Down on the sunny side of the island Charley all at once clutched Toby's arm.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • It is the fortune of war; there is no telling when it may turn its sunny side to you.

    A Little Union Scout Joel Chandler Harris
  • The sunny side of their home life was presented to Christie, you may be sure.

    Christie Redfern's Troubles Margaret Robertson
  • The Anstices' house stood on the sunny side of Stuyvesant Square.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • And this was the man he had pitied, supposed to have no sunny side to his life!

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The lady was still on the sunny side of forty, and Sharp had married her.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • You feed on the shady side and I will feed on the sunny side of the house.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Skin, pale yellow, slightly shaded with orange on the sunny side.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
British Dictionary definitions for sunny side

sunny side

the cheerful aspect or point of view: look on the sunny side of things
(informal) on the sunny side of, younger than (a specified age)
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Idioms and Phrases with sunny side

sunny side

The pleasant or cheerful aspect of something, as in Beth always sees the sunny side of events like graduations. This idiom alludes to the area on which sunlight falls. [ First half of 1800s ]
on the sunny side of. At an age less than, younger than, as in He's still on the sunny side of forty. [ Second half of 1800s ]
sunny-side up. Fried so that the yolk remains intact and uppermost, as in I ordered my eggs sunny-side up and you brought me scrambled eggs. This expression transfers the appearance of the sun to that of an egg yolk. [ c. 1900 ]
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