not be all beer and skittles


not be all beer and skittles
(not) be all beer and skittles British & Australian, old-fashioned if a situation or activity is not all beer and skittles, it has unpleasant parts as well as pleasant ones.

It's not all beer and skittles, this job. It's hard work.


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  • be all beer and skittles — (not) be all beer and skittles British & Australian, old fashioned if a situation or activity is not all beer and skittles, it has unpleasant parts as well as pleasant ones. It s not all beer and skittles, this job. It s hard work …   New idioms dictionary

  • life isn’t all beer and skittles — Life is not unalloyed pleasure or relaxation. 1855 T. C. HALIBURTON Nature & Human Nature I. ii. ‘This life ain’t all beer and skittles.’ Many a time..when I am disappointed sadly I say that saw over. 1857 T. HUGHES Tom Brown’s Schooldays I. ii.… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • life's not all beer and skittles — Meaning Beer and skittles is shorthand for a life of indulgence spent in the pub. Origin Skittles, aka ninepins, has been a popular English pub game since the 17th century. The pins are set up in a square pattern and players attempt to knock them …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • beer and skittles — (UK) People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self indulgence and pleasure …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • beer and skittles — (UK)    People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self indulgence and pleasure.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • beer — n. 1 a an alcoholic drink made from yeast fermented malt etc., flavoured with hops. b a glass of this, esp. a pint or half pint. 2 any of several other fermented drinks, e.g. ginger beer. Phrases and idioms: beer and skittles amusement (life is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • beer — noun 1 (U) an alcoholic drink made from malt 1 (3) and hops (hop2 (4)): a pint of beer | home brewed beer 2 (C) a glass, bottle, or can of beer: Do you fancy a beer? 3 not all beer and skittles BrE old fashioned not just full of pleasure and… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • beer — /bɪə / (say bear) noun 1. an alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley and flavoured with hops, etc., to give a bitter taste. 2. any of various beverages, whether alcoholic or not, made from roots,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • skittle — noun 1 skittles (U) a British game in which a player tries to knock down objects shaped like bottles by rolling a ball at them 2 (C) one of the objects you roll the ball at in the game of skittles see also: not all beer and skittles beer (3) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English