Definition of cakewalk in English:

cakewalk

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Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪkwɔːk
 
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noun

  • 1 informal An absurdly or surprisingly easy task: winning the league won’t be a cakewalk for them
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    • I don't think anybody knows how long it would take, and I don't think anybody should go on the impression that it's going to be easy or a cakewalk or whatever those phrases are that people use.
    • The fact that the guard was a thin man considerably shorter than Walker made the task seem like a cakewalk.
    • ‘To get established was not easy, it was not a cakewalk for me,’ she admits.
  • 2A strutting dance popular at the end of the 19th century, developed from an American black contest in graceful walking which had a cake as a prize.
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    • I learned that the cakewalk, a highstepping dance, began on Southern plantations in the 1840s.
    • It arose in the slavery period as an accompaniment to plantation dances like the cakewalk.
    • Her dance revue, Le Jazz Hot, included vernacular forms like the shimmy, black bottom, shorty george and the cakewalk.

verb

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  • 1 informal Achieve or win something easily: he cakewalked to a 5-1 triumph
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    • ‘I wouldn't want to be cakewalking through games and then get to the playoffs and not have this kind of experience, ‘Donovan said.’
    • Tell me again why the Liberals are expected to cakewalk through the coming election?
    • Only a few teams have a chance to prevent Arizona from cakewalking through the rest of the season.
  • 2Walk or dance in the manner of a cakewalk: a troupe of clowns cakewalked by
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    • The whole Virginia Minstrels chorus joins in while cakewalking in line behind Emmett.
    • As the troupe becomes even more successful, their stage set at the Maxwell Theater features a huge Sambo backdrop through whose grinning mouth the minstrels cakewalk onto the stage.

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