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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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(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

BRITISH
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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Now the fun part - decide how to decorate your skittles.
Hartington, who was twenty-six in 1859, six years older than Skittles, was the heir to the dukedom of Devonshire and his whole way of life was conditioned by this great social position.
Trump Jr's tweet showed a bowl of Skittles under the caption "If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?
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.
SALLY'S ALLEY The pub even has its own skittles area
A BIRMINGHAM mum who dreamed up a dress made of Skittles sweets has been bowled over by its massive success.
But my dismay at not being an hourglass - or even a familiar apple or pear - soon lifted when Susannah added: "Halle Berry is a fellow skittle you know.
A CHARITY skittle night in memory of a Coventry teenager has raised PS470 for Asthma UK.
Chris Wright and Keith Barker took five wickets apiece to skittle the Pears for a paltry 60 all out.
RIGHT UP OUR ALLEY: Residents in Eastlands Grove (above) enjoyed the get-together, (above right) Sophie Roddie (left) and Ella Roddie dressed in red, white and blue and (right) Ethan Eales, aged five, has a go on the skittle alley
But this time they found it had a skittle alley and, to help relax his squad, the director of rugby let his men think about knocking over pins rather than opponents for a while.
Sadly Harry, who was a keen member of his local skittle team, died in May 2007.
I FOUND the article on the Coundon Skittle Team in the Nostalgia column (Telegraph, November 1), very interesting.
Membership of the Coventry Nine-Pin Skittle League's lunchtime group, based at the Highway Club, Fletchamstead Highway, Tile Hill, has grown nearly fivefold since the purpose-built five-lane facility was built.