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happy hunting ground

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.



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 requirement

    jumble sales proved happy hunting grounds in her search for old stone jars

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


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Word History and Origins

Origin of happy hunting ground1

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

He places the weapons of the chase in the grave that they may take them to the Happy Hunting Ground with them.

You never knew such a happy hunting ground for the chap who goes in for big game.

At present Arizona is the happy hunting-ground of the unfortunate red man.

In fact, the county of Pembroke is a happy hunting-ground for the ghost-tracker.

Hebuterne and the immediate district was the "happy hunting ground" of the division until the final grand hunt in August.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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