Idioms

    shoot/bat the breeze, Slang.
    1. to converse aimlessly; chat.
    2. to talk nonsense or exaggerate the truth: He likes to shoot the breeze, so don't take everything he says seriously.

Origin of breeze

1
1555–65; earlier brize, brise north or northeast wind; compare Dutch bries, East Frisian brîse, French brize, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan brisa, Italian brezza; orig. and path of transmission disputed

Related forms

breeze·less, adjectivebreeze·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for breeze in (1 of 3)

breeze

1
/ (briːz) /

noun

verb (intr)

to move quickly or casuallyhe breezed into the room
(of wind) to blowthe south wind breezed over the fields

Word Origin for breeze

C16: probably from Old Spanish briza northeast wind

British Dictionary definitions for breeze in (2 of 3)

breeze

2
/ (briːz) /

noun

an archaic or dialect name for the gadfly

Word Origin for breeze

Old English briosa, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for breeze in (3 of 3)

breeze

3
/ (briːz) /

noun

ashes of coal, coke, or charcoal used to make breeze blocks

Word Origin for breeze

C18: from French braise live coals; see braise
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Idioms and Phrases with breeze in (1 of 2)

breeze in


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]

Idioms and Phrases with breeze in (2 of 2)

breeze


In addition to the idiom beginning with breeze

  • breeze in

also see:

  • hands down (in a breeze)
  • shoot the breeze
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