Idioms: “Over the Moon”

by Greg and Ivy on January 22, 2009

This idiom is a commonly used one.  Perhaps you have heard it before.  Do you know its meaning? If someone told you the sentence, “Oh, I’m over the moon today”, what would they mean?

For those of you who are not sure about the meaning, it means that that person is so happy (very happy, overjoyed).

Here are some examples…

I got my exam result this morning.  You know, I’m simply over the moon about it.  I can’t wait to tell my parents the good news.

Vincent is over the moon these days.  He just bought a new house.

Here’s a conversation example…

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Sheila: Jane, I’ve got some good news to tell you.

Jane: Really? I can’t wait.

Sheila: I’ve just been promoted! I’m now the head of the Sales Department at our headquarters.

Jane: Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.  You must be over the moon!

Sheila: Thanks.  Yes.   I guess I am over the moon.  You know, I’ve waited for this to happen for so long.  I still can’t believe that it’s finally happened.

Extra idiom practice…

There is a similar idiom which can be substituted for this one in sentences.  Can you guess it?

It’s ‘on cloud nine‘.  In fact, you can put ‘on cloud nine‘ in all of the above examples and still keep the original meaning.

Well, it’s now your turn to add some examples.  You’ve got two idioms to practise this time.  Keep them coming!

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Mahesh January 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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Thanking you.
M A H E S H.

Greg and Ivy Cook January 30, 2009 at 1:09 am

Hi Mahesh! We’re also over the moon when we hear such compliments from our readers. Please feel free to make full use of the site to improve your spoken English. Best wishes!

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Greg and Ivy Cook February 27, 2009 at 4:15 am

Dear Pothi, we’re extremely happy to receive such wonderful comments; especially from tutors. We hope that your students will find the site equally rewarding.

Md. Abir Hossain April 21, 2009 at 4:18 am

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Greg and Ivy Cook April 27, 2009 at 6:29 am

Hi Abir, practising your spoken English is the best way to overcome your nervousness. The more you practise speaking in English, the more confidence you can build. Best wishes with your English. Please don’t hesitate to ask us more questions.

eman June 22, 2009 at 4:39 am

i liked your idioms , they are usable. but why don’t you add listening to these small conversations or mini dialogues i think it will be better for us
thanx alot

Greg and Ivy Cook August 13, 2009 at 1:52 am

Thanks Eman for your suggestions. We’re glad that you like the idioms. We’ll look into putting audio versions of the dialogues.

shama January 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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shaji February 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

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Greg and Ivy Cook May 17, 2011 at 3:52 am

Thanks Shaji. We hope to add more.

Greg and Ivy Cook May 17, 2011 at 3:53 am

Hi Shama

Glad you like the site. The best thing is to keep doing it. Like learning to ride a bike – you can’t give up when you fall down at first.

Vadzim Dubrouski May 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

Thanks for this idiom “Over the Moon” :) It is really useful! It was my home task :)
Greetings from Belarus

Joshua July 2, 2012 at 12:06 am

Hi this is Joshua.S.Kulon from Papua New Guinea.Idoms are useful in spoken English.I like this site.It helps me learn more new idoms.Thanks very much

Greg and Ivy Cook July 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Hi Joshua

Thank you for your comments. We hope to add more articles soon.

Greg and Ivy Cook July 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hi Vadzim
We’re glad that it was helpful.

Nayyara May 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

Amazing explanation…love the way u described it…and the use in the sentences was easy and lucid. Thanks to the site and whosoever wrote this.. :)
Keep helping people…English is fun to learn :)

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