The phrase (as) happy (or jolly) as a sandboy means extremely happy or carefree.
A sandboy was a boy hawking sand for sale. It seems that the earliest use of the word is… 1,000 more words
The phrase “wild goose chase” was not invented by Shakespeare.
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The OED, which saw its original volumes published between 1884 and 1928, includes more than 33,000 Shakespeare quotations, according to McInnis, with around 1,500 of those “the first evidence of a word’s existence in English”, and around 7,500 “the first evidence of a particular usage of meaning”.