beer and skittles


fun times

TRANSLATION

skittles = Kegelspiel —— beer and skittles = lustige Zeiten —— Life isn’t all beer and skittles (proverb) = Das Leben besteht nicht nur aus Vergnügen

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“The coalition has even considered launching an advertising campaign in Romania and Bulgaria to spread the word that drizzly austerity Britain is not all BEER AND SKITTLES.”

Bagehot - The Economist (2nd February 2013)

Did you
know?

beer and skittles
noun phrase (informal)

- enjoyment or pleasure

Collins Dictionary


PHRASE ORIGIN

The phrase “beer and skittles” can be traced back to at least the early 18th century.

“The Bishop of London wishes to prohibit the union of beer and skittle-playing, as the exercise tends to promote thirst, and to make the immoral liquor more agreeable and effective”.

The London Globe (25th August 1831)


BEER QUOTES

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” (W.C. Fields)

“Be wary of strong drink, it can make you shoot at the tax collector…and miss.” (Robert A. Heinlein)

Anonymous:

“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder”

“Beer is not the answer, it is the question. Yes is the answer.”

“Sip happens!”


SYNONYMS

- pleasure and leisure:

American dream, a place in the sun, bed of roses, bowl of cherries, easy life, easy street, Elysium, Fat City, fun and games, fun times, gravy train, happy days, high life, hog heaven, in clover, lap of luxury, life of ease (of luxury, of plenty, of Riley), milk and honey, peaches and cream, primrose path, sunshine and rainbows, the good life


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