|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||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 footlose 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?
|happy-go-lucky||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!
|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 llife 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 monkeys||If something is very amusing or enjoyable, you can say that it ismore 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
|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, this 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!
|punch line||The punch line is 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||This expression 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.