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    #1

    happy family

    Are there any sayings, idioms or expressions (or more complex adjectives) which can be used to describe a (large) happy and functional family?
    I have heard the Brady Bunch (I'm not sure how informal and common it is), but I cannot remember anything else.

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    Re: happy family

    We also have Swiss Family Robinson, from the TV show of the same name, but I can't think of a genuine idiom off-hand.

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    Re: happy family

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We also have Swiss Family Robinson, from the TV show of the same name, but I can't think of a genuine idiom off-hand.
    It was a novel more than a hundred years before it was a movie or a TV show.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: happy family

    And The Waltons​!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: happy family

    I don't really know of an idiom describing a happy family. However, the phrase "happy family" can be used in a negative sense. I believe it is more a British English expression but it is understandable in Canadian English as well.

    Here is an example said with a sarcastic tone.

    "Look! There is John and Mary playing happy family."

    Here the meaning is that the person saying the phrase thinks (rightly or wrongly) that John and Mary are not happy in their relationship. But they are pretending to show people that everything is ok when it is not ok. The idiom here would be "playing happy family"

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    Re: happy family

    In BrE, we'd say "Look at them playing happy families". There is a children's card game of the same name.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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