Learn English idioms about fun and enjoyment
1. Be a barrel of laughs
Meaning: To be fun, funny, and pleasant.
E.g. I always have so much fun when Katie’s around—she’s a barrel of laughs!
2. With bells on
Meaning: Eagerly, willingly, and on time.
E.g. All the smiling children were there waiting for me with bells on their toes.
3. Blow away the cobwebs
Meaning: If something blows away the cobwebs, it makes you feel more lively and refreshes your ideas.
E.g. When was the last time you left the house? Come on, get out there and blow away the cobwebs!
4. Chill out
Meaning: Do something that helps them to calm down and relax for a while.
E.g. Just chill out—panicking about being late won’t make me drive any faster.
5. In one’s element
Meaning: In a situation which is entirely suitable, familiar, or enjoyable.
E.g. You can tell he’s completely in his element when he’s talking about fossils.
6. Feast your eyes on
Meaning: To take great pleasure in looking at someone or something
E.g. If you’re looking for new kitchen utensils, feast your eyes on these goodies.
7. Be footloose and fancy-free
Meaning: To be free of responsibilities, including romantic commitments
E.g. I love being a single woman, so I intend to be footloose and fancy-free for a long time.
8. In full swing
Meaning: When something, such as an event, gets into full swing, it is at its busiest or liveliest time.
E.g. After a slow start, the convention is now in full swing.
9. Full of the joys of spring
Meaning: Very happy, enthusiastic and full of energy
E.g. You look full of the joys of spring this morning.
10. Guilty pleasure
Meaning: 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.
E.g. I know these gossip magazines are trashy, but reading them on my commute home is my guilty pleasure!
Meaning: If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all the time.
E.g. He’s a happy-go-lucky sort of guy – always in good humour.
12. Have a ball
Meaning: To have a very enjoyable time
E.g. The kids really had a ball at the birthday party—they won’t stop talking about it!
13. Have the time of your life
Meaning: If you have the time of our life, you enjoy yourself very much.
E.g. I traveled to France for the first time last summer, and I had the time of my life!
14. Take it easy
Meaning: When you relax, or do things at a comfortable pace, you take it easy.
E.g. It’s nice to slow down at the week-end and take it easy.
15. Let one’s hair down
Meaning: If you suggest that someone should let their hair down, you are telling them to relax and enjoy themselves.
E.g. Come on, Jim, this is a party! Let your hair down and go a little wild!
16. Have a whale of a time
Meaning: To enjoy yourself very much
E.g. We had a whale of a time on holiday.
17. More fun than a barrel of monkeys
Meaning: A very good time; a pleasant occasion
E.g. The circus was more fun than a barrel of monkeys.