Idiom: Over the Moon

A happy, smiling cartoon boy is jumping over a happy, smiling moon to illustrate the idiom over the moon.


Look at the picture and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'over the moon.'   

(be) over the moon:   to be extremely happy or pleased.


With the picture above it's not difficult to remember this idiomatic expression. The young man is jumping with delight on top of (over) the moon. He's way up in the sky and that shows the height of his happiness.  This is a very common expression in English.

Sentence examples

— I was over the moon when I found out my wife was pregnant with twins.

— Your father will be over the moon to know you're engaged to marry Elizabeth.

— My daughter's over the moon that she got her driver's license.

— My grandmother was over the moon when we had a surprise party for her 75th birthday.

— "Are you happy you got the job?"  "Happy? I'm over the moon!"

— We were over the moon when we boarded the cruise ship in Greece and then absolutely miserable when we were stuck on the boat with sea sickness and food poisoning.

— We're over the moon that you're coming over for Thanksgiving dinner—I think it's been 20 years since we've seen you.

— I thought my sister would be over the moon when her boyfriend proposed marriage but she was angry and scared.

— Our teacher was over the moon when we all passed the final exam.

— My kids were over the moon when we got them a puppy.

— My friend got tickets to Beyoncé's concert and I was over the moon when she invited me to go with her.

— To be honest, we were over the moon when our daughter's awful boyfriend cheated on her and then broke up with her.

— I’m over the moon that I got into Stanford University's Law School!

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