As pleased as punch

Meaning of “As Pleased as Punch”

The phrase “as pleased as punch” means khổng lồ show extreme happiness or pride in achieving a task. The word punch has been derived from a 16th-century puppet character, Mr. Punch. Surprisingly, Mr. Punch’s character had negative sầu traits. He was delighted in his evil works, which was beating other characters khổng lồ death. Currently, the phrase is mostly used to express when someone is pleased.

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Origin of “As Pleased as Punch”

The phrase “as pleased as punch” is stated khổng lồ have originated from the character of Mr. Punch. However, its origin is probably Italian, as mentioned by Samuel Pepys in his diary published in 1666 where he has stated “Polichinello” in the same meanings. This word, then, transformed inlớn the phrase “as pleased as punch” as recorded in The Baviad và Maeviad of William Gifford. This satirical work published in 1797 mentions it as; Oh! how my fingers itch to lớn pull thy nose! As pleased as Punch, I’d hold it in my gripe.” Since then the phrase has become highly popular, while Charles Dickens had further popularized it when he used it in David Copperfield as “I am as proud as Punch” & then again in Hard Times as “Her father was as pleased as Punch.”

Examples in Literature

Example #1

Happy End by Kate Tempest

Dale and Pete Were in a pile of trainers & feet Clenched fists and black eyes và chipped teeth Their dads had tried To get in-between them It was lượt thích they couldn’t wait lớn get involved Gramê man was beating David’s skull with his elbows David was kneeing Graham’s nether regions And Miriam was at the bar weeping Ron was pleased as punch With the outcome of the evening While Becky, Harry and Leon headed for the beyond

The above sầu lines are about a few two boys who are engaged in a brawl. They punch & thrash each other, while others trying who try to stop & get inlớn the fight too. Ron who was perhaps watching the others find was happy at the over of the end fight. The phrase is used to lớn describe his nội dung on seeing the fight in progress.


Example #2

The Romance và the Ugly Policeman by Phường. G. Wodehouse

‘Miss, ‘he said, ‘I’ll be there, if I have sầu to sit up all night. The first thing you’ll see when they open the doors is a great, ugly, red-faced copper with big feet & a broken nose. And if you’ll say “Hello” to lớn him when he says “Hello” lớn you, he’ll be as pleased as Punch & as proud as a duke. And, miss’ – he clenched his hands till the nails hurt the leathern flesh – ‘and, miss, there’s just one thing more I’d like to say. You’ll be having a good khuyễn mãi giảm giá of time to lớn yourself for awhile; you’ll be able to do a good bit of time to yourself for awhile; you’ll be able to vì chưng a good bit of thinking without anyone lớn disturb you.

The story helps the readers lighten their moods. The author has used this phrase in the above sầu passage. The narrator, Constable Plimmer has arrested Ellen after being called by her employer. While the constable wants to lớn let her go, Ellen tells him to lớn vày his job và arrest her. Hence, in the above sầu lines, he explains how to behave sầu at the jail. He uses the phrase khổng lồ describe the jailor, who is ‘pleased’ when someone greets hyên ổn ‘hullo’.

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Example #3

Doorways by John McGarhen

‘I hope getting the digs didn’t put you to lớn a great giảm giá khuyến mãi of trouble,’ I said. ‘No. The old birds were pleased as punch. Ordinarily it’s full, but this time they’ve always rooms because of people gone on holidays.’

The ‘old birds’ were two sisters in their fifties who owned the big stone house down by the harbor where Jimmy had digs and where I had come on holiday. A brother was a Monsignor in California had brought it for them. I had never seen before walls so completely laden with cribs and religious pictures. There was the usual smell of digs, of cooking and feet and sweat, the sharp scent of HPhường sauce, the brown bottle on every lino-covered table.

The narrator talks about two old sisters lớn whom he calls old birds. He recalls his experience while living with them. Also, the two sisters were very pleased khổng lồ see the narrator. He uses their phrase to lớn describe their cheerful attitude.

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Example #4

Boxing: Pleased as punch after all these years by Alan Hubbard from The Independent published on December 16, 2001

This headline is taken from, The Independent shows that happiness of the lovers of boxing. The reporter Alan Hubbard has described the boxing duo of Muhammad & Will Smith. He details their career và life achievements. The phrase is used in the headline to lớn show the happiness of the public.

Examples in Sentences

Example #1: “Joanna was as pleased as punch when she saw her grades. She was the class topper for that term.”

Example #2: “People in cold countries are as pleased as a punch when the summer arrives.”

Example #3: “One minute Haroon was as pleased as a punch, and then next he was sad because he lost his wallet.”

Example #4: “Daisy was as pleased as a punch when George announced their holiday.”

Example #5: “You can be as pleased as a punch when you win the game or be as mad as a bull.”