One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Feeling great delight or pride.‘he was pleased as Punch at the thought of the visit’
- ‘Van der Merwe was as pleased as Punch following last Saturday's win, making the wry remark his team had scored more tries in one game than the entire season.’
- ‘Because if you visit the region where he started out 10 or 15 years ago, you will quickly discover that his one-time colleagues are as proud as Punch to shake his hand.’
- ‘As for the man himself, he's as pleased as Punch that the food and drink elements of Staveley Mill Yard have proved such crowd-pullers.’
- ‘Yet I am at the same time as pleased as Punch about my English, Scottish and Irish ancestry and am also proud of the country that my forebears have created here in Australia.’
- ‘Some people are as pleased as Punch, notably the Australian of Commerce and Industry, which welcomed what it called a high quality deal, providing ‘substantial new market access opportunities’.’
- ‘My mum would be as pleased as punch if I actually went, but my dad seems a bit more particular about it.’
- ‘I am really sad that Fergie was not around on Thursday when I walked out with England at Lord's because he would have been as proud as Punch for me.’
- ‘Mother and son are both doing well and Grandpa Patsy is as pleased as Punch.’
- ‘If we give our best and St. Mary's of Galway go home with the cup, we'll congratulate them and salute their success, and we'll still be as proud as Punch of our lads.’
- ‘And then there's Max, looking as pleased as Punch in a photograph of the 1943 prefects.’
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