Thursday 6 September 2007

Phrase of the Day 141: 'pleased as punch'

"to be pleased as punch"

definition: to be delighted/ extremely happy.

example: "Bryan Adams was pleased as punch to be invited to play for the Queen."

origin: This expression is related to the puppet character Punch (of Punch and Judy fame), who derived enormous sadistic pleasure from his many evil deeds. The phrase was so popular that even Charles Dickens used it in his 1854 book, "Hard Times."

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