breeze 1 (brēz)
1. A light current of air; a gentle wind.
2. Any of five winds with speeds of from 4 to 27 knots (5 to 31 miles per hour; 7 to 50 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale.
3. Informal Something, such as a task, that is easy to do.
intr.v. breezed, breez·ing, breez·es
1. To move quickly, smoothly, or easily: breezing along on the freeway.
2. To progress swiftly or easily: We breezed through the test.
[Perhaps from Old Spanish briza, northeast wind.]
Synonyms: breeze1, cakewalk, cinch, pushover, snap
These nouns denote something easily accomplished: The exam was a breeze. This election promises to be a cakewalk. Chopping onions is a cinch with a food processor. The playoffs turned out to be a pushover. The new computer program was a snap to learn.
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