Beer and skittles

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Beer and skittles a phrase used vaguely for Bohemian pleasures, from a simple form supposed to be a rustic ideal
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Quotations

  • Thomas Hughes
    Thomas Hughes
    “Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.”

Idioms

Beer and skittles - (UK) People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self-indulgence and pleasure.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. béor; Ger. and Dut. bier, Ice. bjorr.

Usage

In literature:

I can tell you there would be more beer and skittles about my little jaunt.
"The Ebb-Tide A Trio And Quartette" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
It won't be all beer and skittles for 'er ladyship.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
But it is not to be concluded that it is all beer and skittles for Eve.
"Mobilizing Woman-Power" by Harriot Stanton Blatch
There is even epicurean asceticism, which asserts that beer and skittles are alone satisfying.
"Twelve Types" by G.K. Chesterton
But it isn't all beer and skittles, and I let 'em know it, too.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
There is even epicurean asceticism, which asserts that beer and skittles are alone satisfying.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
You'll find none of the 'beer and skittles' of the country up here.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
You won't find it all beer and skittles when you're here.
"The Invader" by Margaret L. Woods
I don't want to make out that life is all beer and skittles for the tenement dwellers.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
But from this it must not be supposed that "peace-time trench warfare" is all beer and skittles.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
Murguia, by the way, had come to hate no truth more soulfully than the palpable shortcoming of life in the matter of beer and skittles.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
It is not all beer and skittles, is it?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It began to dawn on me, as I groped lower and lower down through the darkness, that a burglar's calling was not all beer and skittles.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
It'll be all beer and skittles with you.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
He needs to learn by experience that life is not all beer and skittles.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
You must know that a gentleman gipsy's life isn't all beer and skittles.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Roman populace]: beer and skittles.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
What is life without beer and skittles?
"Miser Farebrother (vol 2 of 3)" by Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
Life is not all work, even if it is not all beer and skittles.
"Red Rowans" by Flora Annie Steel
But it was not all "beer and skittles" for Barrett.
"The Romance of His Life" by Mary Cholmondeley
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In poetry:

Years passed--Fred grew idle and peevish and queer;
Took to skittles, bad language, tobacco, and beer:
Grew tired of his work, when it scarce was begun;
Was Jack of all trades and the master of none.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling

In news:

Courtesy of Christine Horton The new upscale party store Beer and Skittles now sells beer.
Although the new upscale party store Beer and Skittles opened in late January, it did not have its liquor license.
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