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    I know the meaning of the idiom "on cloud nine". It means you are in happy spirit but I can't understand why people use the number "nine" not another numbers. please help me

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    I heard that it is the highest layer of cloud, so it's the top, the peak. 'On cloud seven' is an alternative form, though much less common.

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    Hey tdol, maybe this 'on cloud seven' comes from Polish? To say 'to be on could nine' we use 'to be in seventh heaven.'

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    We have 'seventh heaven' in English too- an example of a transnational idiom.

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