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1. adjective Amusingly foolish or idiotic; of or characterized by clownish behavior or sensibilities, especially in public. Though at first I found him quite funny, Tommy's merry-andrew routine has grown quite tiresome lately.
2. noun A person who acts like a clown or buffoon in public, especially for the amusement of others; a fool or idiot in general. I know you enjoy the attention that being a merry-andrew brings, but if you act like a fool all the time, people will start believing you actually are one.

eat, drink, and be merry

A call for others to enjoy themselves, usually in the context of a party or other festive gathering. Come on, people, this is a party—eat, drink, and be merry!
See also: and, merry

in merry pin

Happy; in good spirits. I'm glad to see my sister in merry pin on our vacation because she's usually so stressed out these days.
See also: merry, pin

merry dance

A deliberate waste of time. She led me on a merry dance as she tried to explain why she missed our meeting.
See also: dance, merry

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

Prov. Enjoy yourself whenever you can, because you may die soon. ("Eat, drink, and be merry" by itself is simply a way of encouraging people to enjoy themselves.) Fred: No cake for me, thank you. I'm on a diet. Jane: But, Fred, this is a birthday party. Eat, drink, and be merry. Natasha encouraged all her guests to eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
See also: and, die, tomorrow, we

lead someone on a merry chase

Fig. to lead someone in a purposeless pursuit. What a waste of time. You really led me on a merry chase. Jane led Bill on a merry chase trying to find an antique lamp.
See also: chase, lead, merry, on

make merry

to have fun; to have an enjoyable time. The guests certainly made merry at the wedding. The children were making merry in the backyard.
See also: make, merry

*merry as a cricket

 and *merry as the day is long
very happy and carefree. (*Also: as ~.) Mary is as merry as a cricket whenever she has company come to call. The little children are as merry as the day is long.
See also: cricket, merry

more the merrier

Cliché the more people there are, the happier the situation will be. Of course you can have a ride with us! The more the merrier. The manager hired a new employee even though there's not enough work for all of us now. Oh, well, the more the merrier.
See also: merry, more

the more the merrier

additional people will make something better “Do you mind if I invite my sister and her family?” “Why not? The more the merrier.”
See also: merry, more

The more the merrier.

something that you say which means you are happy for other people to join your group in an activity 'Do you mind if Ann comes to the cinema with us?' 'Not at all. The more the merrier.'
See more by accident than design, There is more to than meets the eye, More fool !, have [done etc.] more than has had hot dinners, What more do you want - jam on it?, It's more than my job's worth, more by luck than judgement, bite off more than can chew, More power to your elbow!
See also: merry, more

lead a chase

Also, lead a merry chase or dance . Mislead someone; waste someone's time. For example, Mary refuses to commit herself and is leading John a merry chase, or Harry led us all a dance; we were waiting at the hotel and he'd gone to the movies. [First half of 1500s]
See also: chase, lead

more the merrier, the

The larger the number involved, the better the occasion. For example, John's invited all his family to come along, and why not? The more the merrier. This expression was first recorded in 1530, when it was put as "The more the merrier; the fewer, the better fare" (meaning "with fewer there would be more to eat"), an observation that made its way into numerous proverb collections.
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As the drama begins, Merrily (Anna Maxwell Martin) is wandering around a creepy house with a few other vicars and the no-nonsense Rev Huw Owen (David Threlfall).
As the drama begins, Merrily, inset, (Anna Maxwell Martin) is wandering around a creepy house with a few other vicars and the no-nonsense Rev Huw Owen (David Threlfall).
Based on the books by Phil Rickman, Merrily has become one of the few women priests working as an exorcist and, if it sounds like a dramatic device, it's not.
It soon became the thing to do in New York that fall--go see Merrily (as it was nicknamed) and mock it.
MOLD: Clwyd Theatr Cymru (0845 330 3565), Merrily We Roll Along.
The words of the text are repeated on every second page, on the left side: 'Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, What can you see?
Summary: Honking their noses and flopping down the street in giant shoes, some 200 clowns have marched merrily through Mexico City.
One of the newest and enthusiastically recommended board books from Holiday House is "Down On The Farm" that combines Merrily Kutner's simple but entertaining text with Will Hillenbrand's delightfully colorfully illustrations that introduce a very naughty goat's adventures along with the sights and sounds of a busy day on the farm.
Neither apologise, and both carry on merrily, so it is impossible to understand what they are saying.
It just goes merrily on its way regardless of the problems it causes.
Still, he can merrily hurl cine marie Melotovs at intolerance, bigotry, and macho posturing and could also shoot up his movies with heady doses of Cocteau and Garcia Lorca.
In a ``Tots and Tonic'' segment examining the trend of so-called happy- hour play dates, she and a group of fellow moms merrily clinked wine glasses while their kids played in a nearby sandbox.
She is condemned to a life without gravity and floats about merrily and carelessly until a handsome prince falls in love with her.
Meanwhile, offences at corners and free-kicks go merrily unchecked - witness Sheffield United's great shirt-tugger, Chris Morgan, and he's not alone.
One man, Joe, of Irish descent, who normally never talked to his 'Paki' neighbours, was found in the home of the Indian family opposite merrily drinking tea.
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