over the moon

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Etymology[edit]

From the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

over the moon

  1. (idiomatic) Delighted, thrilled.
    • 2003 December 14, Kate Drake, “Champagne Supernova”, in Time[1], archived from the original on 2012-03-29:
      Winemakers are over the moon to be able to showcase the individual nuances within their vineyards.
    • 2016 June 2, Alex McLevy, quoting Cass Sunstein, “Cass Sunstein explains why Star Wars is like America”, in AV Club[2]:
      Well, I’ve liked Star Wars since the late ’70s. I liked it a lot. But I’m now over the moon about Star Wars, and I think a couple things happened.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Julia Cresswell, Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2010, →ISBN), page 279, entry moon
  2. ^ Hey Diddle Diddle”, 16th c.: “Hey Diddle, Diddle! / The cat and the fiddle, / The cow jumped over the moon”