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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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life isn't all beer and skittles

A full life is not just composed of simple pleasure, fun, and indulgence—there must also be toil and hardship. A: "What do you mean I have to get a job this summer? That is such crap!" B: "Sorry, kid. Life isn't all beer and skittles, and you've gotta start paying your own way." These trust-fund babies know nothing of having to work for a living. To them, life 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

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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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beer and skittles, (life is) not all

Life is not all fun and games. Skittles, a kind of bowling game played by throwing wooden disks at pins, was very popular in Great Britain, where drinking beer remains a widespread form of recreation. Pairing the two came about quite naturally in the nineteenth century. Dickens’s Sam Weller assures Mr. Pickwick, who is about to enter a debtor’s prison, that the prisoners enjoy themselves there: “It’s a regular holiday to them—all porter and skittles” (Pickwick Papers). But Dickens’s contemporary Thomas Hughes observed that “Life isn’t all beer and skittles” (Tom Brown’s School Days). Essentially a British cliché, it spread to America but is heard less often today. Legendary adman David Ogilvy had it in Confessions of an Advertising Man (1963): “Managing an advertising agency is not all beer and skittles.”
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That's chiefly thanks to the two skittles teams (12 players each side plus reserves) which are facing offagainst each other - the home side the Vic Nomads versus the visitors the Crown Jokers, from Gabalfa Community Centre.
That's chiefly thanks to the two skittles teams (12 players each side plus reserves) that are facing off against each other -- the home side The Vic Nomads versus the visitors, The Crown Jokers, from Gabalfa Community Centre.
Now the fun part - decide how to decorate your skittles. You could decorate them as people, flowers, bugs or animals.
The recent donation to the Chatsworth archives of over 200 letters from Hartington to Skittles has changed the situation, and I am grateful to the Duke of Devonshire for allowing me to quote from the correspondence, which provides a valuable insight into mid-Victorian social life, as well as an almost day by day account of an unexpectedly intense personal relationship.
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A tweet by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's son, Donald Junior, with a photo of Skittles -- the candy -- used as an analogy to the threat posed by Syrian refugees, has sparked a huge social media reaction.
CLOWN CUPCAKES (Makes 15) INGRED50g butter, softened 11/21/2cups (300g) white sugar 2eggs 3/4t3/4 teaspoon vanilla essence 1up milk 1/2c1 1/2cups (200g) self raising flour, sifted Icing sugar (use about two cups/260g) Decorations 1/2c1/2 ircular cereal like Cheerios or Froot Loops 16 mini Skittles or Smarties 16 sour worms Icing pen or writing icing INGREDIENTS: 50g butter, softened 11/21/2cups (300g) white sugar 2eggs 3/4t3/4 teaspoon vanilla essence 1up milk 1/2c1 1/2cups (200g) self raising flour, sifted Icing sugar (use about two cups/260g) Decorations 1/2c1/2 ircular cereal like Cheerios or Froot Loops 16 mini Skittles or Smarties 16 sour worms Icing pen or writing icing METHOD: PRE.HEAT cupcake papers into cupcake tin/s.
If you have enjoyed a game of Old English skittles lately, it probably means you were visiting the Freemason's Arms on the edge of London's Hampstead Heath.
TRIBUTES have been paid to an outstanding Cardiff skittle champion who helped the remarkable rise of his team from division eight to division one, before going on to win seven division one titles.
Almost in a dream state, the idea of creating a dress out of Skittle sweets came to her.
A TINY village pub has been voted the best in Britain by judges who were bowled over by its skittle alley and brilliant beer.
Skittle facts 1) Nine pin skittles has been a relatively popular game since the medieval times with skittles traditionally being played in pubs.
A 118ml bottle is pounds 6.99 from www.firebox.com A CHARMING wooden soldier skittle set is sure to march straight into their favourite toy box.
When I finally obliged, Susannah pronounced: "You are a skittle."