Fun Idioms

Here are some idioms of fun that you can use in different situations…Fig.

  • barrel of fun:

“Jack is just a barrel of fun in class.

” We had a barrel of fun at your party”

  • for the fun of it:

Just for the entertainment value of doing it.

” We went on a trip just for the fun of it


  • fun and games

Fig.playing around; doing worthless things.

“All right, Ben, the fun and games are over. It’s time to get down to work.”

“This isn’t a serious course. It’s nothing but fun and games.”

  • have fun

to experience enjoyment.

“Please forget your problems and have fun.”

  • make fun of someone or something

to ridicule someone or something.

” Are you making fun of me? I am making fun of your hat.”

  • more fun than a barrel of monkeys and as much fun as a barrel of monkeys

Cliché a great deal of fun. (Compare this with as funny as a barrel of monkeys.)

“John always makes me laugh! He is as much fun as a barrel of monkeys.

“The circus was more fun than a barrel of monkeys.”

  • poke fun at someone or something

to make fun of someone or something.

” You shouldn’t poke fun at me for my mistakes.”

“They are just poking fun at the strange architecture.”

  • not be all fun and games

if an activity is not all fun and games, parts of it are difficult or unpleasant

“Being a tour representative isn’t all fun and games, I can tell you.


  • a figure of fun

someone who people laugh at because they seem silly or stupid

“He’s fed up with being treated as a figure of fun and insists that his ideas deserve serious attention.”

  • It was fun while it lasted.

something that you say when something good has ended but you are not sorry

“I wouldn’t have wanted more than 3 years at university, but it was fun while it lasted. ”

  • Time flies when you’re having fun.

something that you say which means that time passes quickly when you are enjoying yourself

NOTE: Often used humorously when you are talking about an activity which was not enjoyable.

“‘I can’t believe we’ve spent four hours cleaning this carpet.’ Well, time flies when you’re having fun.”

  • getting there is half the fun

what happens before doing something is a large part of what makes that thing enjoyable

” If you like model railroads, getting there is half the fun when you design and build your own layout.”

NOTE: also used in the form half the fun (what makes something enjoyable):

Half the fun of eating out is not having any dishes to wash.

NOTE: “in fun” doesn’t not meant to be taken seriously:

“For us, basketball is competitive, but it’s all in fun.”

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