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happy hunting ground

noun
1.
the North American Indian heaven, conceived of as a paradise of hunting and feasting for warriors and hunters.
2.
a place where one finds in abundance that which one needs or desires, or where one may pursue an activity without restriction:
New England attics are happy hunting grounds for antique collectors.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for happy hunting ground

happy hunting ground

noun
1.
(in American Indian legend) the paradise to which a person passes after death
2.
a productive or profitable area for a person with a particular interest or requirement: jumble sales proved happy hunting grounds in her search for old stone jars
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happy hunting ground

A place where one can find or do what one wishes without restriction. For example, The North Shore is a happy hunting ground for antique collectors. This term alludes to the Native American idea of an afterlife where hunters find unlimited game. [ Early 1800s ]
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