- the alphabet (See example 1 and 2)
- the elementary or first elements
- the simplest knowledge
- knowing the basics building blocks of something
- as easy as ABC means that something is extremely simple
In some places of the world this term is also used as A.B.C. (with full stops).
- My little son now has started learning ABC in school.
- Valerie was smart in studies from the beginning – she had learned ABC at home before going to school.
- Before you can become a doctor, you need to know the ABC of science.
- Can you just give me the ABC of this book before I start working on the paper? I need to know what I am writing about.
- I can’t believe that you still cannot pass the test. This is as easy as ABC.
- Dancing is as easy as ABC; you just have to pay attention.
- He is keen to understand the A.B.C. of making investment in a stock market.
It is easy to assume that the idiom is used in relation to the first three letters of the alphabet.
The alphabet is the first thing that is taught to children when they enter school. Thus, it is easy to understand that it is the easiest thing that you will ever learn. When something seems as easy as ABC it is so easy that everyone should be able to understand it.
It is also an important thing to learn as the alphabet is the building blocks for all words.
So, if you need to know the ABC of something you need to know the basic parts that it is made up of.
Idiom of the Day
cross swords Meaning: quarrel; have a disagreement. Example: Every day at 6 PM. the Jenny and Eliza crossed swords for watching their favorite show.