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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

FUN and ENJOYMENT, page 2

from:   'more fun than a barrel of monkeys'   to:  'the world is your oyster'

  • more fun than a barrel of oysters
    • 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."

  • (the) 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, saying "pull the other one" 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!"

  • (the) punch line
    • The punch lineis 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
    • To wet the baby's head 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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