(all) beer and skittles

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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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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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References in classic literature ?
Life isn't all beer and skittles; but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.
Life's not all beer and skittles, and who said at forty it begins?
From which you'll gather that having a child who's freakishly bright isn't all beer and skittles, especially if that child has memorised the entire rail network.
The very next article by Victoria Lambert (It's not all beer and skittles) described some of the ethical issues surrounding the production and consumption of beer.
IT'S not all beer and skittles being the best-looking bloke in the village.
I know being a widow isn't all beer and skittles but if all that's left for Davina now is to drift aimlessly through life surrounded by nutters like these two, I don't know how she'll find the strength not to chuck herself into the Thames.