life's not all beer and skittles

life's not all beer and skittles
Meaning
'Beer and skittles' is shorthand for a life of indulgence spent in the pub.
Origin
Skittles, aka ninepins, has been a popular English pub game since the 17th century. The pins are set up in a square pattern and players attempt to knock them down with a ball. Still played but not so much as before.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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