English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Happiness - Sadness
|on cloud nine||
A person who is
on cloud nine is very happy because
something wonderful has happened.
When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine.
|cry one's eyes out||
If you cry your eyes out, you cry a
lot and for a long time.
My son cried his eyes out when he discovered his bike had been stolen.
|like a dog with two tails||If someone is
like a dog with two tails, they are
When Paul won the first prize he was like a dog with two tails.
|down in the dumps||Someone who is
down in the dumps is depressed or
Alex has been down in the dumps since he failed his exam.
|down in the mouth||When someone is
down in the mouth, they look unhappy,
discouraged or depressed.
You look a bit down in the mouth. What's the matter?
|face like a wet week-end||If someone has a face like a wet
week-end, they look sad and miserable.
What's wrong with Pete? He's got a face like a wet week-end!
|fool's paradise||If someone is living in a fool's
paradise, they are in a state of
contentment that will not last because their
happiness is based
on illusion or false hope.
Lisa is living in a fool's paradise if she thinks her boss is going to marry her.
|full of the joys of spring||If you are full of the joys of
spring, you are happy, enthusiastic and
full of energy.
Barbara is full of the joys of spring at the moment! Has she got a new boyfriend?
|grin from ear to ear||If somebody
grins from ear to ear, they look vey
satisfied and happy.
When we saw Paul grinning from ear to ear, we knew he had passed the exam.
|grin like a Cheshire cat||When someone has a
smile on their face because they are happy
or satisfied about something, they grin
like a Cheshire cat.
I knew she had succeeded when I saw her with a grin like a Cheshire cat.
|happy camper||Someone who is a
happy camper is generally content
or satisfied with what is happening in their
lives and has no complaints.
With his new job and his new car, Andy is a happy camper.
|happy as a flea in a doghouse||If someone is (as)
happy as a flea in a doghouse, they are
very happy and contented.
Since she moved to a smaller apartment, my mother is as happy as a flea in a doghouse!
|happy as Larry||If you are (as)
happy as Larry, you are very happy
My dad's as happy as Larry at the week-end when we all arrive home.
|happy-go-lucky||If you are a
happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful
and carefree all the time.
He's a happy-go-lucky sort of guy - always in good humour.
|your heart sinks||If your heart sinks, you feel
very unhappy and despondent.
My heart sank when I saw the amount of work waiting for me.
|jump for joy||When people jump for joy, they
express their happiness through excited
movements and gestures.
The player jumped for joy when he scored the winning goal.
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