Sometimes it can be hard to show happiness and sadness to other people. There are many idioms related to happiness and sadness in English. Let’s learn some of them so you can express your happiness (or sadness) in any social situation.
12 English Idioms Related to Happiness and Sadness
1. GET A (REAL) KICK OUT OF SOMETHING
to enjoy something very much
Example: This show is just the kind you like and you’ll get a real kick out of it.
2. I’M THRILLED TO BITS
to be extremely happy
Example: Kathy was thrilled to bits to win the main prize.
3. JUMP FOR JOY
to be very happy and excited about something that has happened
Example: The student was jumping for joy as she took silver medal in the women’s high-jump competition.
4. TO WALK ON AIR
to be very happy about something that has happened
Example: I was walking on air since Chris asked me to marry him.
5. TO MAKE YOUR DAY
something makes you feel very happy
Example: My husband came home with flowers for me, this really made my day!
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6. TO BE OUT OF SORTS
to be slightly ill or slightly unhappy
Example: Jason was out of sorts and decided to stay at home.
7. DOWN IN THE DUMPS
to be unhappy or sad (informal)
Example: Everyone feels down in the dumps once in a while.
8. NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
nothing serious, it’s no big deal
Example: If you don’t finish this task by the end of this week, it’s not the end of the world.
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9. A MISERY GUTS
someone who is miserable and unhappy
Example: I’m such a misery guts lately, I complain all the time.
10. SOUR GRAPES
someone is unhappy due to jealousy
Example: She didn’t think I deserved to win, but I think it’s just sour grapes.
11. GRIN AND BEAR IT
to accept a difficult situation as there is no other choice
Example: My sister started a new job last week and doesn’t get on well with her boss, I’ve told her that she’d better just grin and bear it.
12. HAPPY AS LARRY
to be very happy (New Zealand/Australian slang)
Example: He was happy as Larry eating a huge piece of cake.
Who actually was Larry? It is believed to be originated from an Australin middleweight boxer called Larry Foley in the 1870s. He won a prize of £1,000 before boxing was fully legalised. An article was published in New Zealand newspaper with a headline on its front page “Happy as Larry” and this phrase stuck.
Please, make sure to learn at least 10 out of 12 English idioms related to happiness and sadness! Indeed, 12 is always better.
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