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for fun

In jest; humorously; not seriously. He teased her mercilessly, but though she found it hurtful, in his mind, it was all just for fun.
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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.
See also: figure, fun, of

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!"
See also: all, and, eye, fun, game, lose, until

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!
See also: barrel, fun, of

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.
See also: all, and, fun, game

be more fun than a barrel of monkeys

To be very fun and enjoyable. Primarily heard in UK. I always have a great time when Katie's around—she's more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
See also: barrel, fun, monkey, more, of

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.
See also: fun, get, half, there

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.
See also: and, fun, game, have

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.
See also: fun, last

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!
See also: flies, fun, have, time

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.
See also: barrel, fun, of

for the fun of it

just for the entertainment value of doing it. We went on a picnic just for the fun of it.
See also: fun, of

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.
See also: and, fun, game

have fun

to experience enjoyment. Please forget your problems and have fun.
See also: fun, have

make fun of someone or something

to ridicule someone or something. Are you making fun of me? I am making fun of your hat.
See also: fun, make, of

more fun than a barrel of monkeys

 and 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.
See also: barrel, fun, monkey, more, of

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.
See also: fun, poke

for fun

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.
See also: fun

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]
See also: and, fun, game

like fun

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.
See also: fun, like

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.
See also: fun, make, of

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.
See also: barrel, fun, monkey, more, of

poke fun at

see under make fun of.
See also: fun, poke

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.
See also: fun, poke, something

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?
See also: fun, have, we

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.
See also: barrel, fun, of

fun

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.
See also: and, fun, game

make fun of

To mock; ridicule.
See also: fun, make, of

poke fun at

To ridicule in a mischievous manner.
See also: fun, poke
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With seven of the nation's most popular destinations working together to combat the travel-planning blues, the result is the superhero of travel Web sites -- a resource designed especially to help families create high-quality experiences throughout the Golden State that embody Fun Spots' ultimate credo: Fun