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(as) happy as a clam (at hot water)

British pronunciation/az ɔː hˈapi az ɐ klˈam at hˈɒt wˈɔːtəɹ ɔː/
American pronunciation/æz ɔːɹ hˈæpi æz ɐ klˈæm æt hˈɑːt wˈɔːɾɚɹ ɔːɹ/
(as) happy as a clam (at hot water)

(of a person) very pleased or satisfied

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(as|) happy as a clam (at hot water|) definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "happy as a clam" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "happy as a clam" can be traced back to early 19th-century America. The original form of the phrase was "happy as a clam at high water," with "high water" referring to the highest point of the tide. The phrase likely originated due to the association of clams being safe and content during high tide, as they are protected from being harvested. This idiom is used in various contexts to describe a person's state of extreme happiness or contentment. It is typically employed in colloquial and informal language, often in a lighthearted or playful manner.

1She spent the afternoon reading and was happy as a clam.
2Do that, and before you know it you'll be happy as a clam.
3I do a lot of my thinking late at night and work late at night, but I wish I was one of those 4:00 a.m., go for a jog, happy as a clam.
4If I pick that one, she would be happy as a clam and so would I. So keep them both, and give her the right one when she decides.
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