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child's play

1. A very easy task. 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 PPCP scale was used to measure parent's valuing of child's play and their behaviors related to play.
Cronbach alpha was used to determine the reliability of the questionnaire; the value for the Parents' Perceptions of Child's Play Scale (PPCP) was .
This phenomenological study has four goals: (1) to investigate the meaning of child's play according to Turkish early childhood educators, (2) to inform and educate Turkish early childhood educators about child's play, (3) to update the present literature in the field while serving as a phenomenological study example, and (4) to propose recommendations for future studies.
First, as focusing on the essential structures of child's play, this research study identifies the meaning of child's play from the perspectives of Turkish early childhood educators depending on their own, perceptions, descriptions, and childhood experiences.
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