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cakes and ale

Simple material pleasures; fun or lively enjoyment in general. The phrase first appeared in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: "Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?" Primarily heard in UK. Any reasonable person knows that life is not all cakes and ale. Kids these days think only of cakes and ales—and not of the hard work they need to put in to be successful.
See also: ale, and, cake

cakes and ale

You use cakes and ale to describe a time or activity when you enjoy yourself greatly and have no troubles. It has not all been cakes and ale, and Harding has had his share of setbacks along the way. Note: This expression is used in Shakespeare's `Twelfth Night'. Sir Toby Belch says to Malvolio, `Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?' (Act 2, Scene 3). `Cakes and Ale' is also the title of a novel by Somerset Maugham, which was published in 1930.
See also: ale, and, cake

cakes and ale

1601 William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?
See also: ale, and, cake

Adam's ale

A jocular term for water, based on the strong likelihood that Adam hadn't discovered anything stronger (and they call the Garden of Eden a paradise?). Apparently no fans of alliterations, Scots used to refer to water as “Adam's beer.”
See also: ale
References in classic literature ?
Hetty went upstairs again, and the arrival of the ale made an agreeable diversion; for Adam had to give his opinion of the new tap, which could not be otherwise than complimentary to Mrs.
Then one who held a horn of ale in his hand said, "Ho
And another cried, "He will be taking ale with his milk next.
Now, well would it have been for him who had first spoken had he left Robin Hood alone; but his anger was hot, both because the youth had gotten the better of him and because of the deep draughts of ale that he had been quaffing.
It was well for Robin Hood that that same forester's head was spinning with ale, or else he would never have taken another step.
Thou shalt eat sweet venison and quaff the stoutest ale, and mine own good right-hand man shalt thou be, for never did I see such a cudgel player in all my life before.
Then they all built great fires and after a time roasted the does and broached a barrel of humming ale.
Then one came forward who had been chosen to play the priest because he had a bald crown, and in his hand he carried a brimming pot of ale.
Mayhap he will sing it when the ale has warmed him.
But your chapman or your bearward will swear that there is a lime in the wine, and water in the ale, and fling off at the last with a curse instead of a blessing.
The peasant in the sheepskins, who had sat glum and silent all evening, had been so heated by his flagon of ale that he was talking loudly and angrily with clenched hands and flashing eyes.
With those words he presented another man without a hat, and also with a cigar, and also surrounded with a halo of ale and tobacco smoke, which man, though not so excited as himself, was in a state which would have been akin to lunacy but for its fading into sober method when compared with the rampancy of Mr Pancks.
demanded Sikes, pushing the ale towards his new friend.
Pickwick having refreshed himself with a copious draught of ale, waited his friend's leisure.
Breakfast being at length over, Mr Codlin called the bill, and charging the ale to the company generally (a practice also savouring of misanthropy) divided the sum-total into two fair and equal parts, assigning one moiety to himself and friend, and the other to Nelly and her grandfather.