many happy returns
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (idiomatic) A greeting, usually for birthdays, in reference to the passing year; Happy birthday!
- The earliest attributable use was by Lady Newdigate in a letter written in 1789 (and published in Newdigate-Newdegate Cheverels in 1898):
- Many happy returns of ye day to us my Dr Love.
Many happy returns!