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Can you say you are tickled pink about something the same way as you can say you are happy about something?

  1. I wasn't tickled pink about being invited but I went regardless.

  2. I wasn't happy about being invited but I went regardless.

I haven't seen that preposition used with that idiom, it always seems to be followed by either 'by' or 'with'.

  • Use it wherever you would use happy. Because it's a participle and not an adjective, it's even better than happy, because you can't be happy by that gift, but you can be tickled pink by/about/with/over that gift! – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Aug 15 '16 at 2:03
  • tickled pink – user3169 Aug 15 '16 at 2:09
  • It should be noted that this idiom is more common in different regions. Of course it can be used anywhere, but when I hear the phrase, "tickled pink" I definitely think of the "South." – totallyuneekname Aug 15 '16 at 6:38
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tickled pick
very happy

is an idiom and superlative which means very "happy", possibly giddy, and is usually used in a positive sense.

She was tickled pink to be admitted to the college of her choice.

the opposite would be

not very happy
not too happy

where a superlative is used to modify "happy".

Some prepositions which can be used used with "tickled pick"

tickled pink about
tickled pink with
tickled pink by

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Tickled pink means being very much pleased or entertained. For example:

I was tickled pink to have you visit us.

We were tickled pink when your flowers arrived.

OR

I was happy to have you visit us.

We were happy when your flowers arrived.

As happy (being pleased) means the same.

So they are interchangeable.

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