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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.
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.
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.
In cricket, to dismiss the other team for a low score. A noun or pronoun can be used between "skittle" and "out." Sri Lanka managed to skittle out Pakistan for 90. I know India is looking to skittle Australia out as quickly as they can.
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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(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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
not be all beer and skittlesBRITISH
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
beer and skittlesamusement. 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.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer