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child's play

1. Something that is very easy or simple to perform. Oh please, I've been playing guitar for 20 years—that song is child's play.
2. Something that is insignificant. Those drafts are child's play compared to my latest one—I think I really have a strong argument now.
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child's play

something very easy to do. The test was child's play to those who took good notes. Finding the right street was child's play with a map.
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child's play

Something easily done, a trivial matter. For example, Finding the answer was child's play for Robert, or The fight we had was child's play compared to the one I had with my mother! Originating in the early 1300s as child's game, the idiom was already used in its present form by Chaucer in The Merchant's Tale: "It is no child's play to take a wife."
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child's play

COMMON If something is child's play, it is very easy to do, especially compared with something else that is very difficult. He thought the work would be child's play. The problem in Western Europe was described by one EU energy expert as child's play compared to that in Eastern Europe.
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child's play

a task which is very easily accomplished.
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ˈchild’s play

a very easy job or task: Mending the lamp was child’s play for an experienced electrician like him. OPPOSITE: a tall order
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child's play, easy as/that's

Extremely simple, easily accomplished. The earliest use of this simile appears in Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale: “I warne yow wel, it is no childes pley to take a wyf with-outen avysement.” It was probably a cliché by the time Thomas Carlyle wrote, “The craftsman finds it no child’splay” (Chartism, 1839).
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THE South Wales Echo has teamed up with Hollywood Bowl at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay to offer one free child's game of bowling with every adult bowling game purchased during the month of February.
The battle over Laura Schlessinger's TV talk show often seemed like a roller-coaster ride, but it reminded us more of a child's game ...
The effect is curiously upsetting: The dancers seem to inhabit an inaccessible and frightening world in which their movements are "ordinary" (walking, running, jumping) yet divorced from any context, and they are compelled to traverse the stage in odd and complicated sequences - rather like a child's game turned into a nightmare.
I would have thought that it might come as a refreshing change to see 14-year-old girls playing a traditional child's game - or would the local residents prefer that they be foul mouthed, binge drinking teenage parents?
Mad Elga, 1996, is a spiral of sixty-three pictures--heads, bridges, dice, flowers--based on a child's game. In several works titled The Soapstone Factory, 1999, Hammond floats her elements within a deep, stagelike space.
Two big players cannot be connected with such trivial, naive child's games one month before the elections, comments the author.
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