happy ending

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happy ending (plural happy endings)

  1. A clichéd conclusion in which all loose ends are tied up and all main characters are content. See also happily ever after.
    • 1930, Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness:
      Life is not to be conceived on the analogy of a melodrama in which the hero and heroine go through incredible misfortunes for which they are compensated by a happy ending.
    • 1957 July 6, Mel Blanc as Bugs Bunny, What’s Opera, Doc?:
      Well, what did you expect in an opera? A happy ending?
    • 1987, Willy DeVille (music), “Storybook Love”:
      And she said: / "Don't you know that storybook loves, / Always have a happy ending."
  2. (vulgar, slang, used euphemistically) A hand job, especially one provided by the masseuse to the client at or towards the end of a massage.

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