Learn English idioms | Over the moon

English idioms are colourful expressions we use that have a special meaning. So what does it mean to say you are over the moon? What makes you feel over the moon? Watch this video lesson and find out more about English idioms...

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Over the moon. If you're feeling over the moon this means you're feeling very, very happy. So, for example, you could say. "I've just got my exam results and I've passed everything. ‘I’m over the moon!’ I'm so happy. I couldn't be happier I'm over the moon!" Or let's say you apply for a job and you go to the interview and the interview was hard and maybe you think you didn't get the job but then you get a phone call and they offer you the job and you're so happy. You tell all your friends. You say, "I'm over the moon!" I didn't expect this to happen so I'm so excited, I'm over the moon!"

So where does this creative expression come from? Well it's possible that this expression comes from and old nursery rhyme. A nursery rhyme is a song that children sing and in the song lots of crazy things happen and one of those things is a cow jumps over the moon! So children love this song because it's very funny, it's a bit of a crazy idea, but the cow jumps over the moon, and so it's likely that the expression comes from that song...the cow jumping over the moon. So from that we have the expression to be over the moon.

However, the expression became a lot more popular through football, particularly in the 1970s and the 1980s a lot of footballers explained how happy they felt if they won a game by saying: ‘I'm over the moon!’ So on TV footballers were asked: “How do you feel after winning the game?" So, they said: "I'm over the moon!" and from there it became a very popular expression.

Now we use it in many different situations. So, whenever you're really, really happy and somebody asks you: "How do you feel?" Say: "I'm over the moon!"

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