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1    a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc., on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air  
a    any informal meal eaten outside  
b    (as modifier)  
a picnic lunch     
3    Informal     (chiefly Austral)   a troublesome situation or experience  
4    no picnic  
Informal   a hard or disagreeable task  
      vb   , -nics, -nicking, -nicked  
5    intr   to eat a picnic  
     (C18: from French piquenique, of unknown origin)  
  picnicker      n  

picnic races  
      pl n     (Austral)   horse races for amateur riders held in rural areas  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    excursion, fête champêtre, outdoor meal, outing  
2      (informal)   breeze     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   cakewalk     (informal)   child's play     (informal)   cinch     (slang)   duck soup     (U.S. slang)   piece of cake     (Brit. informal)   pushover     (slang)   snap     (informal)   walkover     (informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

no picnic exp.
not an easy task

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