barrel of laughs

Someone who is a barrel of laughs is very funny or entertaining.
“Let’s invite Johnny. He’s such a barrel of laughs!”

with bells on

If you go somewhere with bells on, you are delighted and eager to go there.
“Of course I’ll be there – with bells on!

blow away the cobwebs

If something blows away the cobwebs, it makes you feel more lively and refreshes your ideas.
“Let’s get out of the house. A walk on the beach will blow away the cobwebs!”

chill out

When people chill out, often after a period of heavy work or nervous tension, they do something that helps them to calm down and relax for a while.
“After a week of exams, the students needed to go and chill out.”

in one’s element

When you are in your element, you are doing something that you do well, and you are enjoying yourself.
“My brother, who is an estate agent, was in his element house-hunting for our parents.”

feast your eyes on something

If you feast your eyes on something, you are delighted and gratified by what you see.
“As he drove along the coast, he feasted his eyes on the beautiful scenery.”

footloose and fancy-free

A person who is footloose and fancy free has few responsibilities or commitments of any kind and feels free to do as they please.
“John will never get married. He says he prefers to be footloose and fancy free.”

in full swing

When something, such as an event, gets into full swing, it is at its busiest or liveliest time.
“When we got back to the office, the Christmas party was in full swing.”

full of the joys of spring

If you are full of the joys of spring, you are happy, enthusiastic and full of energy.
“Barbara is full of the joys of spring at the moment! Has she got a new boyfriend?”

guilty pleasure

Enjoying something which is not generally held in high regard, while at the same time feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a guilty pleasure.
“Reading gossip magazines is a guilty pleasure for many women… and some men too!”


If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all the time.
“He’s a happy-go-lucky sort of guy – always in good humour.”

have a ball

If you have a ball you enjoy yourself immensely.
“The party was great. We had a ball.”

have the time of your life

If you have the time of our life, you enjoy yourself very much.
“The kids had the time of their lives at Disneyland.”

have a whale of a time

When people have a whale of a time, they enjoy themselves a lot.
“We had a whale of a time at the party last night.”

let one’s hair down

If you suggest that someone should let their hair down, you are telling them to relax and enjoy themselves.
“Come on! We’re not in the office now. You can let your hair down!”

(the) life and soul of the party

The life and soul of the party is the most lively and amusing person present at an event.
“I’m so glad we invited Emily. She was the life and soul of the party.”

live the life of Riley

A person who lives the life of Riley has a comfortable and enjoyable life, without having to make much effort.
“He married a millionaire, and since then he’s been living the life of Riley!”

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’ve 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.”