child's play


Definition of child's play

1 : an extremely simple task or act
2 : 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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The thigh-grazing slits we're used to seeing look like child's play compared to this Atelier Versace gown Shayk was sporting. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Heats Up Cannes in Hip-Baring Versace," 10 May 2018 Between the two elders addressing him is a long, richly documented story about a kid in Alief finding his way through the world, from child's play to gunplay, selling drugs, making songs, wrecking a car and helping his mother after Hurricane Harvey. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Rapper Maxo Kream opens up on "Punken"," 21 Mar. 2018 Why is playing with a child not as easy as, well, child's play? Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Confession: I Don't Know How to Play With My Kids," 5 Jan. 2012 While the production is light on dramatics and possibly gives more sparkle than any Kinky Boot, mere child's play this show is not. Aaron Leth, Harper's BAZAAR, "Curtain Call: Aladdin," 27 Mar. 2014 In other corners of the fest will be zones for children's play, a zip line and individual entertainers such as jugglers. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Speed-eating on menu at Spark!Fishers holiday weekend bash," 28 June 2018 New additions are planned for the Ark Encounter grounds including the Answers Center, more zoo space, restaurants and a children's play area. Cameron Knight,, "Ark Encounter reports 1 million visitors in second year," 5 July 2018 The playground was funded by KaBOOm — a national nonprofit organization that's dedicated to children's play — as well as Target, the PNC Foundation and the Marlins Foundation., "Young At Art opens new early childhood playground," 3 July 2018 There's a children's play area for the younger crowd, and those interested in art can take a stroll through local art displays. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's 7 best parks and recreation areas that you have to explore," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of child's play

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of child's play

: something that is very easy to do

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a strong desire or propensity

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