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In jest; humorously; not seriously. He teased her mercilessly, but though she found it hurtful, in his mind, it was all just for fun.
figure of fun
A person who is ridiculed or not taken seriously. Jesse became tired of being treated like a figure of fun so he changed his demeanor to be taken more seriously.
it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye
A warning (usually issued to children by adults) against dangerous play. A: "But mom, we're just playing!" B: "Oh sure, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye!"
barrel of fun
A person or thing that is very enjoyable. This phrase is often used sarcastically. Oh sure, our science teacher is a real barrel of fun, especially when he's the detention monitor. Carnivals are always a barrel of fun!
be (not) all fun and games
To be very enjoyable and pleasant. This phrase is often used in the negative to convey difficulty or a lack of fun. College isn't all fun and games—you need to take your schoolwork seriously.
be more fun than a barrel of monkeys
To be very fun and enjoyable. Primarily heard in US. I always have a great time when Katie's around—she's more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
getting there is half the fun
The process of doing something is enjoyable in itself. It takes some time to bake a cake but getting there is half the fun! I love planning and preparing exactly what I'm going to make.
have fun and games
To struggle to do something. Oh, I always have fun and game trying to get a wiggly baby out of her car seat.
it was fun while it lasted
Something was an enjoyable or worthwhile experience, but it was impermanent and I'm not sad that it is over. Look, it was fun while it lasted, but this summer romance had to end sometime. I didn't imagine spending the rest of my life in that career, but it was fun while it lasted.
Time flies when you're having fun
set phrase When you are enjoying something, time seems to move more quickly. Wow, it's midnight already? I feel like we just got here. Time flies when you're having fun!
barrel of fun
Fig. a tremendous amount of fun. Jill is just a barrel of fun in class. We had a barrel of fun at your party.
for the fun of it
just for the entertainment value of doing it. We went on a picnic just for the fun of it.
fun and games
Fig. playing around; doing worthless things. All right, Bill, the fun and games are over. It's time to get down to work. This isn't a serious course. It's nothing but fun and games.
to experience enjoyment. Please forget your problems and have fun.
make fun of someone or something
to ridicule someone or something. Are you making fun of me? I am making fun of your hat.
more fun than a barrel of monkeysand as much fun as a barrel of monkeys
Cliché a great deal of fun. (Compare this with as funny as a barrel of monkeys.) Roger always makes me laugh! He is as much fun as a barrel of monkeys. The circus was more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
poke fun at someone or something
to make fun of someone or something. You shouldn't poke fun at me for my mistakes. They are just poking fun at the strange architecture.
1. Also, in fun. As a joke, not seriously. For example, For fun the children told the teacher it was a holiday, or Their teasing was just in fun. [Mid-1800s]
2. for the fun of it; for kicks. For pleasure or excitement. For example, He played basketball for the fun of it, or They drove around for hours, just for kicks. Also see for the hell of it.
fun and games
Activity for pure pleasure or diversion. For example, This job isn't all fun and games, you know, or We're just out for fun and games tonight. [Early 1900s]
Not really, certainly not. For example, She said she'd been skiing for years-like fun she had! or Do I want to eat raw oysters-like fun I do. This expression originated in the early 1800s with a quite different meaning, "energetically" or "vigorously," a sense now obsolete. Its present sense dates from the 1900s. Also see for fun.
make fun of
Also, poke fun at; make sport of. Mock, ridicule, as in The girls made fun of Mary's shoes, or They poked fun at Willie's haircut, or I wish you wouldn't make sport of the new boy. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the mid-1800s, and the third from the early 1500s.
more fun than a barrel of monkeys
Very amusing or diverting, as in That video game was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. This expression, first recorded in 1895, alludes to the playful behavior of these primates.
poke fun at
see under make fun of.
poke fun at someone/something
If you poke fun at someone or something, you make unkind jokes about them. She was upset because Elspeth had poked fun at her mother and father. Most historians and writers poke fun at the royal visit, and for good reason.
a bundle of fun (or laughs)something extremely amusing or pleasant. informal
figure of funa person who is considered ridiculous.
1990 Richard Critchfield Among the British [Reagan] was the first American leader in my lifetime who was widely regarded over here as a figure of fun.
fun and gamesamusing and enjoyable activities
The phrase is often used ironically, to refer to activities that are far from amusing (e.g. things that are frustratingly difficult, or nefarious goings-on).
2003 The Baron's Buffy fanfic page Don't be in that much of a hurry to grow up, it's not all fun and games.
like fun1 vigorously or quickly. dated British 2 an ironic exclamation of contradiction or disbelief in response to a statement. dated, chiefly North American
poke fun attease or make fun of.
1989 Basile Kerblay Gorbachev's Russia They used to poke fun at his boorish ways.
a figure of ˈfunsomebody who is often laughed at by other people: As a young man he was admired, but as an old man he became a figure of fun.
for the ˈfun of itfor the pleasure or enjoyment of something, not because it’s important or serious: I entered the competition just for fun — I never thought I’d win. ♢ ‘Why did you say it if you didn’t mean it?’ ‘For the fun of it. I just wanted to see his reaction.’
fun and ˈgames(informal)
1 activities that are not serious and that other people may disapprove of: It’s not all fun and games at this school — we make our children work hard as well.
2 (humorous) trouble: We had some fun and games putting up those new shelves yesterday.
in ˈfunin order to amuse somebody, not to upset them: I didn’t mean to upset you. It was only said in fun.
make ˈfun of somebody/something(also poke ˈfun at somebody/something) make unkind remarks or jokes about somebody: People enjoy making fun of the clothes I wear, though they seem all right to me. ♢ It’s a programme that likes to poke fun at the royal family.
half the ˈfun, ˈtrouble, etc. of something(informal) much or a great deal of the enjoyment, etc. of something: Half the pleasure of coming home is finding out what’s been happening while you were away. ♢ ‘The team should play better with a new manager.’ ‘That’s half the trouble — everybody expects too much of him.’
Are we having fun yet?and AWHFY
sent. & comp. abb. This isn’t the fun that you stated or implied it would be, is it? Are we having fun yet? This is really dull. Gr8t d8t! AWHFY?
barrel of fun
1. n. a tremendous amount of fun. We have a barrel of fun at the zoo.
2. n. a person who is a lot of fun. Taylor is just a barrel of fun on dates.
mod. pleasant; entertaining. We had a real fun time.
fun and games
n. nonsense; a waste of time. I’ve had enough fun and games. Let’s get on with the business.
make fun of
To mock; ridicule.
poke fun at
To ridicule in a mischievous manner.