Meaning of five-finger exercise in English:

five-finger exercise


  • 1An exercise on the piano for all the fingers on both hands.

    ‘Book I consists mostly of five-finger exercises on the middle-C position, hands alone.’
    • ‘Technically, Lang was astounding, hurling off torrents of double octaves as though they were five-finger exercises, and finding accents and nuances within the densest of textures.’
    1. 1.1An easy task.
      • ‘The problems of form and function will yield only to a joint solution that makes the ingenuities of the most ambitious novel writing seem like a five-finger exercise.’
      easy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, nothing, sinecure, gravy train