From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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breezebreeze1 /briːz/ ●●○ noun [countable] 1 DNa gentle windbreezy flowers waving in the breezesee thesaurus at wind2 be a breeze shoot the breeze at shoot1(13)COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + breeze a gentle/soft/mild breezeIt was a beautiful day with a blue sky and a gentle breeze.a light/slight/faint breezeThe curtains lifted in the light breeze.a stiff/strong breezeThere was a good stiff breeze, just right for sailing.a cool breezeIt was getting late and a cool breeze was blowing.a warm breezeA warm breeze ruffled the leaves of the trees.a fresh breeze (=cool and quite strong)A fresh breeze is blowing from the north.a sea/ocean breezeThe boats were moving up and down in the sea evening breezePeople were out walking, enjoying the evening breeze.a morning breezethe fresh morning breezea summer breezeHe felt the soft summer breeze against his easterly/westerly etc breezeA gentle easterly breeze was blowing in from the Atlantic.verbsa breeze blowsThe strong breeze blew sand in our faces.a breeze drifts (=blows very gently)A cool breeze drifted through the window.a breeze comes through/from etc somethingThe room was hot and no breeze came through the window.a breeze stirs/ruffles somethingA light breeze stirred the waters of the bay.
Examples from the Corpus
breezeThat made Jay nervous again but Peter assured him they would manage, it was dead easy, a breeze.The second set was a breeze for Clement.A cool breeze blew in off the sea.A gentle breeze ruffled her hair.A mild breeze was picking up, offsetting the heavy blanket of sunshine that settled on my arms.The chill in the air caught me by surprise, a sharp mountain night breeze.Our cruising grounds afford an almost constant sailing breeze and long hours of clear sunshine throughout the summer months.Her black hair was blowing in the breeze as she waved goodbye to me.Flags waved in the breeze.Invited into a back room, I shot the breeze with a married couple who said they ran the place.
breezebreeze2 verb 1 WALK[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk somewhere in a calm confident waybreeze in/into/out etc She just breezed into my office and said she wanted a job.2 [transitive] to do very well in a test, a piece of written work etc, with very little effort Don’t bother studying for the English exam – you’ll breeze it. breeze through something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
breezeI breezed away into a corner where I could sip my vodka-less tonic and mope.In the city, I stood at the window and identified the cars as they breezed by.It was dejavu as he breezed in to outwit O'Hare a second time.I breezed right through the first two years of pure science courses.He could breeze through almost any public situation.She took herself seriously, and she knew what fitness was about, breezing through the exercises without even breathing hard.breeze in/into/out etcMr Collor breezed into office, beguiling the voters with his good looks and grand talk of clean government.Just a breeze in the face.Faraway traffic, a tiny breeze in the leaves above me.Things went better for Serena Williams and grand slam-chasing Jennifer Capriati, who both breezed into the second round.A breeze whipping through Mission Bay, sure, but also a breeze in the sporting sense.Supermodel Cindy Crawford breezed into town.
Origin breeze1 (1500-1600) French brise, perhaps from bise cold north wind