idioms ABout having fun
In this last section, we will talk about expressions that are used when you want to enjoy life or tell someone to relax.
So let´s finish the right way, and talk about having some fun:
Let your hair down
This expression is more often used as advice to tell someone to rest or relax. For instance: “It’s Saturday night, you can let your hair down!” (It’s Saturday night, you can relax!)
Have the time of your life
Literally, this phrase means “the moment of your life”. The idiomatic meaning is similar: to have a lot of fun, or to have the best day of your life. For example: “My son had the time of his life at Disney World.” (My son had the best day at Disney World.)
With bells on
Are you going to a party? Go “with bells on.” In other words, go with enthusiasm, ready to have fun. “Is it your birthday party? I’ll be there with bells on!” (Is it your birthday party? You can count on me to be there and have fun!)
Take it easy
This expression is commonly used as a suggestion or request, to ask someone to relax or calm down. For example: “Hey, take it easy, you can’t work 12 hours a day, every day.” (Hey, relax, you can´t work 12 hours a day every day.)
The world is your oyster
This is another funny phrase if taken literally. After all, if the world were an oyster, you would be stuck in a shell. As an idiomatic expression, however, this phrase means that you are free to enjoy the pleasures of life and the opportunities it offers; the sky is the limit.
To get along like a house on fire
This expression can be misleading, as a “house on fire” certainly doesn’t sound positive. However, if two people “get along like a house on fire,” they actually like each other and get along really well.
More fun than a barrel of monkeys
If you imagine a big group of monkeys, you’d probably think of them as energetic, excitable and probably quite entertaining. Something that is “more fun than a barrel of monkeys” is very entertaining.
If someone says “I’m going to chill out,” it means they’re going to relax and enjoy life. For example: “After working late, at the end of the day, I go home where I can chill out.” (After working late, at the end of the day, I go home where I can relax.)
Have a ball / have a blast
These two expressions have the same meaning: to really enjoy something and have fun. “The party was great, I had a blast!” (The party was great, I really enjoyed it!)
Paint the town (red)
Would you like to go out and have fun, or do something exciting? You can invite someone to join you by saying: “Let’s go out and paint the town red!” (Let´s go out and have fun!) The “red” in the phrase is optional. Today, the term is more common without it