be (not) all beer and skittles

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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. 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.
See also: all, and, beer, skittle