One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘stop mooning about and get on with some work’
waste time, fiddle, loaf, idle, mope, drift, stooge around
British informal mooch
North American informal lollygag, bat
2‘he's mooning over her photograph as if he was a schoolboy’
mope, pine, languish, brood, daydream, fantasize, be in a reverie, be in a brown study
a long time ago, ages ago, years ago
donkey's years ago, yonks ago
before the rinderpest
hardly ever, almost never, scarcely ever, rarely, very seldom
‘Eve was over the moon when I broke the news’
ecstatic, euphoric, thrilled, overjoyed, elated, delighted, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, treading on air, walking on air, in seventh heaven, jubilant, rapturous, beside oneself with joy, jumping for joy, exultant, transported, delirious, enraptured, blissful, in raptures, as pleased as Punch, cock-a-hoop, as happy as a sandboy, as happy as Larry, like a child with a new toy
on top of the world, on a high, tickled pink
as happy as a clam
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