Phrases and idioms:
happy as a sandboy extremely happy or carefree.
Etymology: prob. = a boy hawking sand for sale

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a young peddler of sand; used now only to express great happiness in `happy as a sandboy'
Hypernyms: ↑peddler, ↑pedlar, ↑packman, ↑hawker, ↑pitchman

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun
Etymology: sand (I) + boy
1. : a peddler of sand at a seashore resort — used chiefly in the phrase happy as a sandboy
2. : any of various hopping insects (as a sand flea) found on sandy beaches
a. : one who sprinkles sand on bricks to prevent their sticking together in the kiln
b. : an operator of a machine for separating floor tiles from the sand that held them in the saggers

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sandˈboy noun
A boy selling sand, proverbially happy
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Main Entry:sand

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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