party's over, the

the party is over

A period of excitement, success, jubilation, or opulence has changed to a period of sobriety, calm, reflection, or regret. I'm afraid the party is over for this Cinderella team, who had defied all odds to make it so far in the tournament. We felt we were invincible back then, when earnings were high and everything seemed possible. Looking back now, long after the party's over, I think we all were a bit foolish with our money.
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party's over, the

It's time to be serious; carefree times have ended. For example, Now that he's been promoted the party's over; he has to write a report every week. This expression uses party in the sense of "a pleasant social gathering." [c. 1930]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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