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Happy as a clam : Phrases


To be very satisfied.


A cold beer, some peace and quite, and I am
happy as a clam.


Clams like to lay in mud. Claim diggers wade through the muddy water and use a specialized metal rake - a hand-held clam rake at the end of a pole - to rake up clams from the mud and sand. They look something like a heavy-duty garden rake that has netting on the back to comb through the mud looking for the clams. The clams get caught in the netting. Thanks to Tom Romalewski.

Clam diggers are only able to catch clams at low tide. If the tide is high, the water is too deep to wade into and clams were safe from their hunters.

The phrase was originally
Happy as a clam at high tide.

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