party's over, the

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party's over, the

It's time to be serious; carefree times have ended. For example, Now that he's been promoted the party's over; he has to write a report every week. This expression uses party in the sense of "a pleasant social gathering." [c. 1930]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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