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sunny side

noun
1.
the part upon which sunlight falls:
the sunny side of the house.
2.
a pleasant or hopeful aspect or part:
the sunny side of life.
3.
some age less than one specified:
You're still on the sunny side of thirty.
Origin of sunny side
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • He was residing, for his health, on the sunny side of a house in then fashionable Hampstead, when death came suddenly upon him.

  • I gathered it this morning—see, it is quite ripe—it was on the sunny side.

    Grandmother Dear Mrs. Molesworth
  • And this was the man he had pitied, supposed to have no sunny side to his life!

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Down on the sunny side of the island Charley all at once clutched Toby's arm.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • The street is on a slight declivity, on the sunny side of what in England they call a hill.

  • The Anstices' house stood on the sunny side of Stuyvesant Square.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • It was on the sunny side of the road, too, and had an air of cheerfulness about it.

    The Phantom Lover Ruby M. Ayres
  • The lady was still on the sunny side of forty, and Sharp had married her.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • And therefore Trees are inwardly bare, and spring, and leaf from the outward and sunny side of their branches.

  • You feed on the shady side and I will feed on the sunny side of the house.

    Dooryard Stories Clara Dillingham Pierson
British Dictionary definitions for sunny side

sunny side

noun
1.
the cheerful aspect or point of view: look on the sunny side of things
2.
(informal) on the sunny side of, younger than (a specified age)
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Idioms and Phrases with sunny side

sunny side

1.
The pleasant or cheerful aspect of something, as in Beth always sees the sunny side of events like graduations. This idiom alludes to the area on which sunlight falls. [ First half of 1800s ]
2.
on the sunny side of. At an age less than, younger than, as in He's still on the sunny side of forty. [ Second half of 1800s ]
3.
sunny-side up. Fried so that the yolk remains intact and uppermost, as in I ordered my eggs sunny-side up and you brought me scrambled eggs. This expression transfers the appearance of the sun to that of an egg yolk. [ c. 1900 ]
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