bat the breeze


1 [breez]
a wind or current of air, especially a light or moderate one.
a wind of 4–31 miles per hour (2–14 m/sec).
Informal. an easy task; something done or carried on without difficulty: Finding people to join in the adventure was a breeze.
Chiefly British Informal. a disturbance or quarrel.
verb (used without object), breezed, breezing.
(of the wind) to blow a breeze (usually used impersonally with it as subject): It breezed from the west all day.
to move in a self-confident or jaunty manner: She breezed up to the police officer and asked for directions.
Informal. to proceed quickly and easily; move rapidly without intense effort (often followed by along, into, or through ): He breezed through the task. The car breezed along the highway.
verb (used with object), breezed, breezing.
to cause to move in an easy or effortless manner, especially at less than full speed: The boy breezed the horse around the track.
Verb phrases
breeze in, Slang.
to win effortlessly: He breezed in with an election plurality of 200,000.
Also, breeze into/out. to move or act with a casual or careless attitude: He breezed out without paying attention to anyone.
breeze up, Atlantic States. to become windy.
shoot/bat the breeze, Slang.
to converse aimlessly; chat.
to talk nonsense or exaggerate the truth: He likes to shoot the breeze, so don't take everything he says seriously.

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

breezeless, adjective
breezelike, adjective

1. See wind1. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
breeze1 (briːz)
1.  a gentle or light wind
2.  meteorol a wind of force two to six inclusive on the Beaufort scale
3.  informal an easy task or state of ease: being happy here is a breeze
4.  informal chiefly (Brit) a disturbance, esp a lively quarrel
5.  informal shoot the breeze to chat
6.  to move quickly or casually: he breezed into the room
7.  (of wind) to blow: the south wind breezed over the fields
[C16: probably from Old Spanish briza northeast wind]

breeze2 (briːz)
an archaic or dialect name for the gadfly
[Old English briosa, of unknown origin]

breeze3 (briːz)
ashes of coal, coke, or charcoal used to make breeze blocks
[C18: from French braise live coals; see braise]

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Word Origin & History

1560s, "north or northeast wind," from O.Sp. briza "cold northeast wind;" in W.Indies and Spanish Main, the sense shifting to "northeast trade wind," then "fresh wind from the sea." English sense of "gentle or light wind" is from 1620s. An alternative possibility is that the English word is from E.Fris.
brisen "to blow fresh and strong." The slang for "something easy" is Amer.Eng., c.1928; breezeway is 1931, Amer.Eng.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases

bat the breeze

see shoot the breeze.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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