happy as a clam


happy as a clam
(as) happy as a clam very happy.

I am happy as a clam living all by myself in this little house by the sea.

Etymology: based on the full form of the phrase happy as a clam in mud at high tide (= a clam that cannot be dug up and eaten, which therefore could be considered happy)

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  • happy as a clam — (as) happy as a clam (at high tide) extremely happy * * * (as) happy as a clam US informal : very happy She spent the afternoon reading and was as happy as a clam. • • • Main Entry: ↑clam (as) happy as a clam s …   Useful english dictionary

  • happy as a clam — adjective Extremely happy and carefree Syn: happy as a lark, happy as a pig in shit …   Wiktionary

  • happy as a clam/lark — very happy, carefree    When Tim is working on his car, he s happy as a clam …   English idioms

  • as happy as a clam — (as) happy as a clam US informal : very happy She spent the afternoon reading and was as happy as a clam. • • • Main Entry: ↑clam (as) happy as a clam see ↑clam, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • as happy as a clam — (as) happy as a clam very happy. I am happy as a clam living all by myself in this little house by the sea. Etymology: based on the full form of the phrase happy as a clam in mud at high tide (= a clam that cannot be dug up and eaten, which… …   New idioms dictionary

  • as happy as a clam — Meaning Origin The full version is as happy as a clam at high tide . Clams enjoy such times as they are free from the attentions of predators then. John G Saxe, the American writer best known for his poem The Blind Men and the Elephant , used the …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • happy — (adj.) late 14c., lucky, favored by fortune, prosperous; of events, turning out well, from HAP (Cf. hap) (n.) chance, fortune + Y (Cf. y) (2). Sense of very glad first recorded late 14c. Ousted O.E. eadig (from ead wealth, riches ) and gesælig,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Clam — For other uses, see Clam (disambiguation). Clam Edible clams in the family Veneridae Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • clam — clam1 [klæm] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: clam two part fastener (14 20 centuries), from Old English clamm chain, rope, etc. for tying something up ; from the tight shutting of a clam shell] 1.) a ↑shellfish you can eat that has a shell in two… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clam — clam1 [ klæm ] noun count a small SHELLFISH (=an ocean animal with a hard shell around it) that can be eaten as happy as a clam AMERICAN INFORMAL very happy clam clam 2 [ klæm ] verb ,clam up phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL to suddenly stop… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English