ELA Drills, Beginner: Word Meanings 2

ELA Drills, Beginner: Word Meanings 2. When asked how she's feeling, Andrea says she's happy as a clam. What does this commonly used idiom mean?

4th GradeELA Drills
Elementary and Middle School4th Grade
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....alright we'll let you in on a secret the

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meaning of this idiom is actually tied to the longer original version happy as [Clam floating in the ocean]

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a clam at high tide it actually has little to do with the emotional states of

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clams believe it or not they're pretty bad at reporting their feelings [Clam in counselling session with woman]

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following our hint let's take a look at that longer version of the idiom and see

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if we can make some sense out of it well this phrase was popularized in the early

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19th century and it's related to clam digging which back then was the third [Man screaming while holding a clam]

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most fun activity after riding a train and staring at a patch of sunlight on [Man staring at sunlight on the wall]

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the wall clam digging involves digging around in the muck by the sea when the

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tides low and it's exactly as exciting as the sun.... when the tides high people

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can't dig in the muck which is bad for the clam diggers but great for the clam [Boy swimming and clam disappears]

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so happy as a clam at high tide really means well happy at high tide clams are

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nice and safe so if you're happy as a clam you're happy you're also unlikely [Man grabbed by bunch of clams in the water]

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to be grabbed by a clam digger but being happy is the main thing here if we look

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at our options the one that most closely lines up with that meaning is B; being in

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a good mood so that's our answer good to hear that Andrea's is happy as a clam

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way better than being as damp as a clam digger who won't just give up and order [Clam digger in the ocean]

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