child's play


noun

something very easily done.

Nearby words

  1. child psychology,
  2. child restraint,
  3. child support,
  4. child welfare,
  5. child wife,
  6. child, julia,
  7. child, lydia maria,
  8. child-abuse register,
  9. child-battering,
  10. child-bearing

Origin of child's play

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

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British Dictionary definitions for child's play

child's play

noun

informal something that is easy to do
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Idioms and Phrases with child's play

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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