joy noun (SUCCESS)
› [U] UK informal success, action, or help:
[+ -ing verb] Did you have any joy finding that book you wanted?
We tried asking local libraries for information, but got no joy from any of them.
I noticed that the dictionary says that the word in question can take "ing" after it. How is this possible that a noun can take a verb which follows it? Are we supposed to treat "finding" as present participle which modifies the whole sentence? Like "Did you have any joy (while or in) finding that book you wanted?