the party's over
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the party is over
A period of excitement, success, jubilation, or opulence has changed to a period of sobriety, calm, reflection, and/or regret. I'm afraid the party is over for the cinderella team, who defied all odds by reaching the semifinals. 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.
Fig. A happy or fortunate time has come to an end. We go back to school tomorrow. The party's over. The staff hardly worked at all under the old management, but they'll find the party's over now.
the party's overa period of success, good fortune, or happiness has come to an end. informal
1998 Independent Until the Government decided yesterday that the party's over, it was seemingly routine procedure for our hospital consultants to have…the Committee on Distinction Awards, which is dominated by the consultants, look after their interests.