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Idiom

As Happy as a Clam: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To be extremely happy and content
Origin
As Happy as a ClamA clam is a form of sea life with a soft body encased in two equal-sized shells. A clam often lives in the sand in shallow water at the seashore and is at risk of attack by predators when the sea water retreats at low tide. However, when the water rushes towards the shore at high-tide, it once again submerges the clam and protects it from its hungry enemies. Consequently, high tide is the time when a clam is safest and happiest, giving rise to the saying as happy as a clam at high tide, which is more commonly shortened to as happy as a clam. Another possible origin of this idiom is the idea that an open clam looks as though it might be smiling, giving it a happy appearance. “As happy as a clam” was originally an American idiom and in 1848 the phrase was included in Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms. Here it stated that the expression was very common in the state of New England on the East Coast of the USA, where clams were easily found.
Examples
Miranda: “What do you enjoy doing in your free time?”
Omar: “I love watching sport – give me a comfy sofa, a cold beer and a football match on TV and I’m as happy as a clam

Ronnie: “Vanessa seems as happy as a clam at high tide. I wonder what’s making her so calm and content.”
Maya: “I think it’s all the meditation and yoga she’s been doing – it’s made her feel really positive about life.”