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skittles party

drug slang A party in which the guests bring prescription drugs, which are then mixed and taken in combination. I'm worried that my brother went to a skittles party last night because one of my medications is suddenly missing.
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be (not) all beer and skittles

To be fun and enjoyable. This phrase is often used in the negative to convey unpleasantness. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. You've been working all weekend, so just come out with us for a little while—it'll be all beer and skittles, I promise. University isn't all beer and skittles—you need to take your schoolwork seriously.
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(all) beer and skittles

Fun and enjoyable. "Skittles" is a British game that is similar to bowling. You've been working all weekend, so just come out with us for a little while—it'll be beer and skittles, I promise. Just because we get good perks doesn't mean this job is all beer and skittles.
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(all) beer and skittles

all fun and pleasure; easy and pleasant. (Skittles is the game of ninepins, a game similar to bowling. Fixed phrase.) For Sam, college was beer and skittles. He wasted a lot of time and money.
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Life isn't all beer and skittles.

Prov. Life is not pleasurable all the time; you cannot always be having fun. (Skittles is a game like bowling.) I don't really mind going back to work when my vacation is over. Life isn't all beer and skittles, and I enjoy my fun that much more because I have work to compare it to. When George's parents stopped supporting him, George suddenly discovered that life isn't all beer and skittles.
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not be all beer and skittles

BRITISH
If something is not all beer and skittles,it is not as enjoyable or as easy as other people think it is. Others are keen to make clear that City life is not all beer and skittles. It's not all beer and skittles when you get to be famous. Note: The game of skittles is associated with beer because it is traditionally played in pubs.
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beer and skittles

amusement. British
This phrase comes from the proverb life isn't all beer and skittles . The game of skittles is used as a prime example of a form of light-hearted entertainment.
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beer and skittles

(...ˈskɪdlæz)
n. something very easy to do; an easy time of it. Did you think life was all beer and skittles?
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Bersham were all out for 234 (Dave Blower 88, Neil Thomas 74, Lee Thomas 5-46), but Brian Walker took 5-32 and Gareth Evans 3-22 as they skittled the visitors for 125 (Aled Hughes 40).
Adam Doyle hit 113 as third-placed Hawarden Park's 295-9 was too much for visitors Brymbo 3rds, who were skittled for 147.
Welshpool 2nds were too hot to handle as they skittled St George's 3rds for just 21 in Division Five to seal a crushing 150-run victory.
Rajat Bhatia was Newport's star, scoring 41 as they posted 176 before taking 5 for 35 as Unity were skittled for 104.
Batting first Bersham scored a highly creditable 211 for nine and then skittled out Marchwiel for just 62 with only Michael Forgarve (16) reaching double figures.
The visitors in reply were skittled for 136, Liam Woolfe was their best with the bat hitting 43.
Town in reply were skittled for just 110 with Ian Jones bagging five wickets, and Tom Davies and Dai Lewis claiming two apiece.
Strugglers Dyffryn never threatened in reply as they were condemned to their eighth loss of the season having been sKittled for just 144.
Celtic posted 142 with Phil Poole the star man for the Llynfi Valley side smashing a half century (51no), before they then sKittled the Wanderers out for just 122.
It was a bad day all round for Welshpool, with the club's second string humbled by five wickets against Wem after being skittled for 45 in the reserve division.
The Birch brothers did the damage, with medium-pacer Rob taking 5-28 as Pool skittled their visitors for just 95.
Batting first, Aberystwyth were skittled out for only 106 in 37 overs, Andy Price 31 their only notable contribution with the bat.
DALE Steyn took five for 23 as South Africa skittled out India for 76 before lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Ahmedabad.
Last week the Fugitives were skittled out for 50 by Rogerstone, but this time they piled up 254 for four with David Adams making a great 111 not out, skipper Andrew Bartlett got 68 and Matthew Evans 39.