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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Fun and Enjoyment

(page 2 : more fun than a barrel of monkeys → world is your oyster)

more fun than a barrel of monkeys If something is very amusing or enjoyable, you can say that it is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
The TV quiz was more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
paint the town red If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy a lively evening in bars, night-clubs, etc.
To celebrate the victory, the team's supporters painted the town red
party is over To say that the party is over means that a period of happiness, freedom, enjoyment etc. has come to an end, and life is going to return to normal.
I had a wonderful time here but the party's over and I must get back to work.
pull someone's leg If you pull somebody's leg, you tease them by telling them something that is not true.
Of course I'm not going to buy a sports car.  I was just pulling your leg!
pull the other one
(it's got bells on)
After hearing an unlikely story, this is a way of telling the speaker that you neither believe what they say nor whatever they may say next.
You have a date with George Clooney? Yeah - now pull the other one!
punch line The punch line is the funny sentence that ends a joke or an amusing story.
When my dad tells jokes, he never gets the punch line right!
ring out the old year and ring in the new This expression means to announce and celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next.
social butterfly A person who has a lot of friends and acquaintances and likes to flit from one social event to another is called a social butterfly.
Jessica is constantly out and about;  she's a real social butterfly.
sow one's wild oats A person, usually a man, who sows their wild oats goes through a period of carefree pleasure-seeking while they are young.
He was advised to sow his wild oats before he got married.
take it easy When you relax, or do things at a comfortable pace, you take it easy.
It's nice to slow down at the week-end and take it easy.
tickle the ivories This is a humorous way of talking about playing the piano.
My grandfather loves playing the piano; he tickles the ivories whenever he can.
wet the baby's head This expression means to have drink to celebrate the birth of a baby.
When his first child was born, Tom invited his colleagues to a local bar to wet the baby's head.
the world is your oyster This expression means that you are free and able to enjoy the pleasures and opportunities that life has to offer.
She left college feeling that the world was her oyster.
   
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