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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 up
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  • He has gone back to the ship for John—I will breeze up the fire, put on the kettle, and get something cooked for their supper.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • She always says there's a breeze up here almost as good as the sea.'

    Miss Mouse and Her Boys Mrs. Molesworth
  • Some said there was a breeze up the river, while others maintained that the wind blew down, towards the sea.

  • And we always have a breeze up here, if there is one anywhere in the world.

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
  • She was still becalmed, but as we brought the breeze up with us her sails bulged out, and she began to glide through the water.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • And at night you can sleep on the big upstairs porch, if you want to, and you always get a breeze up there.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • It began to breeze up, but nothing for us to worry over until we saw a steamer's smoke coming up astern.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • Vye believed he could scent the lake, that every breeze up slope brought its compelling enticement.

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
  • I tell you it put the breeze up when I got able to go into our affairs and learned how things stood.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for breeze up


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 up



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 up



  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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Idioms and Phrases with breeze up


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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