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The meaning of "many happy returns"

" Many happy returns "
Meaning:
A toast given to someone on their birthday.
Example:
The old fella is 80 today - many happy returns Grandad.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 18th century.
Where is it used?:
Worldwide. This idiom has to have a claim for being spoken by more people more frequently than any other in the language.
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