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[breez] /briz/
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.
  1. to win effortlessly:
    He breezed in with an election plurality of 200,000.
  2. Also, breeze into/ 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.
  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 breeze1
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
breezeless, adjective
breezelike, adjective
1. See wind1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for breeze through
Historical Examples
  • It was only by keeping in mid-river and moving rapidly enough to create a breeze through our cabin, that life was made tolerable.

  • If you breeze through it, you'll be a better man for all the rest of your life.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • The whistling of the breeze through the rigging was music to the ear, and brought gladness to the heart of every one on board.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • I'll open the doors at the other side, and we'll have a breeze through the hall.

    The Wreck of The Red Bird George Cary Eggleston
  • A tremulous agitation ran through the crowd like the breeze through the corn.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • There was no other sound, except the soughing of the breeze through the tree-tops.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • Even in the camp almost always there had been a whisper of breeze through the pine trees, or the chatter of water over the rocks.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The breeze through the wide-flung bow-window was fluttering the papers on the desk and the map on the wall was flapping sidewise.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • The breeze through the open door fanned the glowing wood into flame.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • There was a thin lace drapery in the doorway to bring a breeze through and yet shield the occupant from the passer-by.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for breeze through


a gentle or light wind
(meteorol) a wind of force two to six inclusive on the Beaufort scale
(informal) an easy task or state of ease: being happy here is a breeze
(informal, mainly Brit) a disturbance, esp a lively quarrel
(informal) shoot the breeze, to chat
verb (intransitive)
to move quickly or casually: he breezed into the room
(of wind) to blow: the south wind breezed over the fields
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Spanish briza northeast wind


an archaic or dialect name for the gadfly
Word Origin
Old English briosa, of unknown origin


ashes of coal, coke, or charcoal used to make breeze blocks
Word Origin
C18: from French braise live coals; see braise
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Word Origin and History for breeze through



1560s, "north or northeast wind," from Old Spanish briza "cold northeast wind;" in West 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 East Frisian brisen "to blow fresh and strong." The slang for "something easy" is American English, c.1928.


"move briskly," 1904, from breeze (n.). Related: Breezed; breezing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for breeze through



  1. An easy task; anything easy; cinch, cakewalk (1920s+ Baseball)
  2. : They had a breeze today at Ossining


  1. To go or move rapidly and easily: to breeze through work/ I breezed out (1907+)
  2. To escape from prison (1940s+ Prison)
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In addition to the idiom beginning with
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