The guests certainly made merry at the wedding. The children were making merry in the backyard. Mary is as merry as a cricket whenever she has company come to call.
The little children are as merry as the day is long. Of course you can have a ride with us! The more the merrier. The manager hired a new employee even though there's not enough work for all of us now. Oh, well, the more the merrier. Also, lead a merry chase or dance. Mislead someone; waste someone's time. For example, Mary refuses to commit herself and is leading John a merry chase , or Harry led us all a dance; we were waiting at the hotel and he'd gone to the movies.
The larger the number involved, the better the occasion. For example, John's invited all his family to come along, and why not? This expression was first recorded in , when it was put as "The more the merrier; the fewer, the better fare" meaning "with fewer there would be more to eat" , an observation that made its way into numerous proverb collections.
All rights reserved. If someone leads you a merry dance while you are trying to achieve something, they cause a lot of problems for you, often by doing something to trick you.
They had led the Irish Government a merry dance for the last seven months. Note: You can also say that someone leads you a dance or leads you a merry chase. I began to court the lady who last year became my second wife. She led me quite a dance, but I never gave up. He was fast becoming a kind of cult figure, always leading the police a merry chase.
See also: dance , lead , merry , someone. If someone plays hell or plays merry hell , they cause trouble by behaving badly or complaining a lot. I went to the school and played hell with them. She played merry hell and stormed out in a rage. Note: Verbs such as kick up , raise or create can be used instead of play. I will be raising merry hell at the meeting tomorrrow.
If one thing plays hell with another or plays merry hell with another, the first thing has a bad effect on the second one or causes great confusion. She led her rivals a merry dance at Ayr last time and should prove tough to peg back on this sharp track.
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