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bat the breeze
To chat or converse aimlessly or casually, without any serious topic of conversation. Customers always want to bat the breeze with me in the store before they buy something. I just batted the breeze with John for a while when he passed me on the street.
in a breeze
Easily; handily; without much or any effort. Enjoying the benefit of a week off between games, the home team won this match in a breeze.
To proceed in a relaxed or casual way without worry. Before her sudden illness, Jenna had been breezing along through life. I admire how kids just breeze along without a care in the world.
To depart quickly or unexpectedly. Brian breezed away before I had a chance to say goodbye to him.
To walk into a place or event with a calm or carefree attitude. (If "into" is used, a place or event is named after it.) Walking into a party always makes me nervous, but my husband can breeze in without the slightest hesitation. You need to talk to that intern—he regularly breezes into work an hour late.
To depart quickly or unexpectedly. Brian breezed off before I had a chance to say goodbye to him.
To depart quickly or unexpectedly. (A specific place or event can be named after "out.") Brian breezed out before I had a chance to say goodbye to him. You need to talk to that intern—he regularly breezes out of the office an hour early.
breeze through (something)
1. To do something easily with little effort or concern. It's so frustrating that my best friend can just breeze through chemistry while I study for days and barely get a passing grade.
2. Proverb To travel through some place quickly and with little interest. Europe isn't a place you can just breeze through—there are so many famous sites to visit!
Fig. to travel along casually, rapidly, and happily; to go through life in a casual and carefree manner. Kristine was just breezing along the road when she ran off onto the shoulder. We just breezed along the highway, barely paying attention to what we were doing. Don't just breeze along through life!
to leave quickly or abruptly. She said nothing more. She just breezed away. I breezed away without stopping to say good-bye.
(from some place) Go to sweep in (from some place).
breeze in (to some place)
to enter a place quickly, in a happy and carefree manner. She breezed into the conference room and sat down at the head of the table. Jerry breezed in and said hello.
to leave quickly or abruptly. Don't just breeze off! Stay and talk. Lily breezed off in a huffy manner.
breeze out (of some place)
to leave a place quickly. She was here for a moment and then suddenly breezed out. She breezed out of the room in an instant.
1. Fig. to complete some task rapidly and easily. I breezed through my calculus assignment in no time at all. It was not hard. I just breezed through.
2. Fig. to travel through a place rapidly. They breezed through every little town without stopping. We didn't stop. We just breezed through.
fan the breeze
Fig. to chat or gossip. We're just fanning the breeze, so you didn't interrupt anything. Stop fanning the breeze and get to work.
easily; unquestionably. She won the contest hands down. They declared her the winner hands down.
shoot the breeze
Fig. to chat casually and without purpose. We spent the entire afternoon just shooting the breeze. It was good to shoot the breeze with you, Mary.
1. Arrive in a casual way, as in She breezed in, two hours late. This phrase transfers the blowing of a light wind to human entrances. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
2. Win easily, as in A fine golfer, he breezed in first. This usage at first alluded to horse racing but soon was transferred to more general use. [c. 1900]
1. Also, in a breeze; in a walk. Easily, without effort, as in She won the election hands down, or They won in a breeze, 10-0, or The top players get through the first rounds of the tournament in a walk. All of these expressions originated in sports. Hands down, dating from the mid-1800s, comes from horse racing, where jockeys drop their hands downward and relax their hold when they are sure to win. In a breeze, first recorded in a baseball magazine in 1910, alludes to the rapid and easy passage of moving air; in a walk, also from baseball, alludes to taking a base on balls, that is, reaching first base without having hit a pitched ball because of the pitcher's mistakes.
2. Unquestionably, without a doubt, as in Hands down, it was the best thing I've ever done.
in a breeze
see under hands down.
shoot the breeze
Also, shoot or throw the bull . Talk idly, chat, as in They've been sitting on the porch for hours, just shooting the breeze, or The guys sit around the locker room, throwing the bull. The first of these slangy terms, alluding to talking into the wind, was first recorded in 1919. In the variant, first recorded in 1908, bull is a shortening of bullshit, and means "empty talk" or "lies."
win hands down
Also, win in a walk or breeze . See under hands down.
shoot the breezeAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you shoot the breeze, you talk with other people in an informal and friendly way. Goldie does what she likes doing best: shooting the breeze about life, love, and her bad reputation. He's very awkward on social occasions. If you're sitting around a big table in the members' dining room, he won't shoot the breeze like the rest of them. Note: The sense of `shoot' used here is the same as `shoot the rapids', suggesting riding or being carried along by the flow of a conversation.
win hands down
1. If you win a contest hands down, you win it easily. We have been beaten in some games which we should have won hands down. Note: You can also say that you beat someone else hands down. When he said he would beat me hands down, I didn't expect him to run like that.
2. When you are comparing things, you can say that the thing which is clearly best wins hands down. The New Winter Palace Hotel wins hands down for both comfort and location. Note: You can also say that one thing beats another hands down. I had always enjoyed driving through the New Forest, but two-wheeled travel beats the car hands down. Note: You can also talk about a hands-down winner. In any bar debate about the best Canadian folk song of all time, the hands-down winner is always Tyson's Summer Wages. Note: Hands down is used in other structures where you are saying that something is clearly the best. We are hands-down, flat-out the leaders of the world in this. `The greatest thing ever invented has to be the Thermos flask,' I said. `Easy. Hands down.' Note: This expression was originally used in horse racing to describe jockeys who won their races very easily and could cross the winning line with their hands lowered and the reins loose.
1. To pass through some place swiftly and without lingering: The couple breezed through the room before anyone could say hello to them.
2. To make progress with something swiftly and effortlessly: The smart student breezed through the test.
n. an easy task. Nothing to it. It was a breeze.
fan the breeze
tv. to chat or gossip. We’re just fanning the breeze, so you didn’t interrupt anything.
mod. easily; unquestionably. She won the contest hands down.
shoot the breeze
tv. to chat casually and without purpose. We spent the entire afternoon just shooting the breeze.
1. With no trouble; easily.
2. Indisputably; unquestionably.
shoot the breeze/bull Slang
To spend time talking in an idle manner; talk idly.