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over the moon


c) to be very, very happy

German translation:

over the moon = überglücklich, ausser sich vor Freude, entzückt

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When she heard that she had won the Nobel Prize for physics, she was OVER THE MOON.

The English national rugby union team was OVER THE MOON about their dramatic win against Australia in the 2003 World Cup final.

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over the moon
idiomatic phrase

- to be extremely happy


The phrase is believed to have originated from an old English nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!

Like most nursery rhymes, much of it is pure nonsense but the picture of a cow jumping over the moon depicts an image of extreme happiness. Thus if you are really happy about something, it's enough to make you jump over the moon!

overjoyed, elated, delighted, thrilled, beside oneself with joy

say something like:

"She's over the moon about getting married in September."

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