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Definition of picnic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an occasion when people pack a meal and take it to eat outdoors, especially in the countryside It's a nice day. Let's go for a picnic. We had a picnic beside the river.
  2. 2the meal, usually consisting of sandwiches, salad, and fruit, etc. that you take with you when you go on a picnic Let's eat our picnic by the lake. a picnic lunch a picnic basket
  3. Idioms
    be no picnic (informal)
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    to be difficult and cause a lot of problems Bringing up a family when you're unemployed is no picnic.
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