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turkey shoot

a marksmanship contest, usually at a festive gathering, in which rifles are fired at moving targets, originally live turkeys.
  1. something easily accomplished; piece of cake.
  2. an easy destruction of enemy troops, especially of flying aircraft.
Origin of turkey shoot
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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noun phrase

Something very easy; cinch, piece of cake: Getting a job is no turkey-shoot anymore

[1970s+; fr the marksmanship contests where turkeys are tied behind a log with their heads showing as targets]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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