like a (hot) knife through butter

Definition of like a (hot) knife through butter

informal
:very quickly and easily
  • The bill passed through the senate like a hot knife through butter.

Word by Word Definitions

hot play
  1. : having a relatively high temperature

  2. : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding

  3. : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  1. : hotly

  2. : fast, quickly

  1. : a period of relatively high temperature : a period of heat

  2. : one that is hot (such as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)

  3. : strong sexual desire

  1. : heat, warm

knife play
  1. : a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle

  2. : a weapon or tool resembling a knife

  3. : a sharp cutting blade or tool in a machine

  1. : to use a knife on

  2. : to cut, mark, or spread with a knife

  3. : to try to defeat by underhanded means

butter play
  1. : a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food

  2. : a buttery substance: such as

  3. : any of various fatty oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures

  1. : to spread with or as if with butter


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