What does the Idiom “A Walk In The Park” mean?
A walk in the park is used to show that something is not hard to do, it’s very easy.
Let me explain with a simple story. Please look at the following example sentences:
- “I was never very good at sports in high school but my brother played rugby and hockey. He won many trophies. Athletics were hard for me, but they were a walk in the park for my brother.”
Can you guess the meaning? If something is a walk in the park is it difficult or easy? Look at the last sentence again:
Athletics were hard for me, but they were a walk in the park for my brother.
The conjunction BUT is showing the difference between me and my brother. Athletics were HARD for me but A WALK IN THE PARK for my brother. We get the feeling that A WALK IN THE PARK is the opposite of HARD. So…
A walk in the park means something is very easy, not difficult at all.
I bet you figured that out!
A walk in the park examples
A walk in the park is a common idiom that we often use in conversation.
- Our team won the game 7 to zero. The match was a walk in the park.
- I used to be a mountain climbing guide in New Zealand. Reaching the top of Mount Fuji will be a walk in the park for me.
- I have a lot of experience teaching English as a second language. Finding good blog topics to write about is a walk in the park.
Not a walk in the park examples
It’s also common to use a negative version with NO/NOT to show that something was not, is not, or will not be easy.
- I’m sure your job is difficult, but mine is no walk in the park either.
- This is a big project and it’s very important. Next week will not be a walk in the park for us. We have a lot of work to do.
- Gardening seems relaxing, but when you have a huge garden like me it’s no walk in the park.
A synonym for not a walk in the park is difficult or not easy
It often carries a feeling of:
It’s more difficult than you might think.
- I’m sure your job is difficult, but mine is no walk in the park either. (My job is more difficult than you think.)
- This is a big project and it’s very important. Next week will not be a walk in the park for us. We have a lot of work to do. (The project will be more difficult than you might think.)
- Gardening seems relaxing, but when you have a huge garden like me it’s no walk in the park. (Taking care of a big garden it’s not as easy as you think.)
Some headlines from Google with the expressions A walk in the park.
Moving to Amsterdam is not a walk in the park – LINK
Recent Royal Scandals Are Making ‘Megxit’ Look Like a ‘Walk in the Park,’ Expert Says – LINK
I published the first version of this blog post in 2014 during the World Cup. The example below is from a news article talking about Ecuador and its chances to be successful in the tournament.
Antonio Valencia: The Key to Ecuador’s Success
“Despite having a solid squad Ecuador has been placed in a tough group featuring the likes of France (FIFA Ranking-16) and Switzerland (FIFA Ranking-6). Valencia, arguably the fastest player on the planet will have to use all of his capabilities to lead his country past two of the world’s best teams. Both Switzerland and France have to be weary though, because if Valencia plays to his full potential, the Ecuadorian team will be no walk in the park.” = it will NOT be easy to beat Ecuador. – LINK
What is easy for you? What’s a walk in the park? Did you have an experience once that was a walk in the park? Tell me in the blog comments!
Thanks to https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/walk_in_the_park
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