child's play


: an extremely simple task or act
: something that is insignificant
figuring out the password was child's play

Examples of child's play in a Sentence

Landing a job should be child's play for someone with his skills. the injury is child's play, just a scratch
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of child's play was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Child's play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

child's play

: something that is very easy to do or is unimportant
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