sandboy


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sandboy

(ˈsændˌbɔɪ)
n
happy as a sandboy jolly as a sandboy very happy; high-spirited
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sandboy - a young peddler of sand; used now only to express great happiness in `happy as a sandboy'
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
hawker, packman, peddler, pedlar, pitchman - someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)
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Translations

sandboy

[ˈsændbɔɪ] N to be as happy as a sandboyestar como unas pascuas
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

sandboy

[ˈsændˌbɔɪ] n (as) happy as a sandboycontento/a come una Pasqua
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Friend and fellow museum founder Larry Hanks - who was also at the Britain's Got Talent shoot - said: "He was happy as a sandboy because he got our next book - People, Pens and Production - mentioned.
Friend and fellow founder Larry Hanks - who was also at the BGT shoot - said: "He was happy as a sandboy because he got our next book - People, Pens and Production - mentioned.
It shows a delighted grandson Mikey Durdun as happy as a sandboy on the beach at Skegness.
As cool as a cucumber was first noted in 1732, as dead as a doornail comes from the 14th century and happy as a sandboy is from the early 19th century.
He's growing some lovely blue-black feathers now so he might learn to fly though he seems as happy as a sandboy in her garden and shows no sign of wanting to spread his wings either literally or metaphorically.
While some are as happy as a sandboy as they kick back and enjoy the good life with their winnings, others reveal how the win has brought them nothing but misery and misfortune.
93) as happy as a pig in the mire/poop/s**t as happy as a sandboy
And although this may sound ridiculous, I'll bet Davie Moyes is as happy as a sandboy his man has been carted out of the limelight on a stretcher rather than aboard his team-mates' shoulders next Sunday.
``I'll be as happy as a sandboy,'' he says, ``when I can do the computers!''
Rather callously, Jenny Marx, the wife of Karl Marx, writes in a letter to Engels on August 14,1857: "Jones has lost his wife and is now happy as a sandboy; he hails all INDIANS as Kossuths and applauds the INDIAN PATRIOTS." Reprinted in Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Collected Works, Vol.40, 1856-59 (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1983), p.
I feel as jolly as a sandboy today; there was a terrific battle between De Aar and Kimberley on Friday [at Belmont, on November 23rd] in which the Boers had to retreat, their loss being (according to their wire) 10 killed and 40 wounded, and the Boers estimate the English loss about 2000; a wire has just this minute come in saying there was another big battle yesterday [the battle of Graspan or Rooilaagte, on November 25th] in which the Boers were surrounded and had to fight their way out with great loss and retreat on Ramdam (50 miles south of Kimberley).
Burn flows in from HAPPY AS A SANDBOY Beach builder Roland Chaplain