make short/quick/light work of

Definition of make short/quick/light work of

  1. 1 :  to make it possible for (something) to be done quickly or easily This new snow shovel makes short work of clearing off the driveway.

  2. 2 :  to finish (something) or defeat (someone) quickly and easily She made short work of her opponents. The kids made quick work of the french fries.

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

shortplay
  1. :  having little length

    :  not tall or high :  low

    :  not extended in time :  brief

  1. :  in a curt manner

    :  for or during a brief time

    :  at a disadvantage :  unawares

  1. :  the sum and substance :  upshot

    :  a short syllable

    :  a short sound or signal

  1. :  short-circuit

    :  shortchange, cheat

    :  to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices

quickplay
  1. :  not dead :  living, alive

    :  acting or capable of acting with speed: such as

    :  fast in understanding, thinking, or learning :  mentally agile

  1. :  living beings

    :  a painfully sensitive spot or area of flesh (such as that underlying a fingernail or toenail)

    :  the inmost sensibilities

  1. :  in a quick manner

lightplay
  1. :  something that makes vision possible

    :  the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

    :  electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of 299,792,458 meters (about 186,000 miles) per second

  1. :  having light :  bright

    :  not dark, intense, or swarthy in color or coloring :  pale

    :  medium in saturation and high in lightness

  1. :  to become light :  brighten

    :  to take fire

    :  to set fire to

  1. :  having little weight :  not heavy

    :  designed to carry a comparatively small load

    :  having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk

  1. :  lightly

    :  with little baggage

  1. :  dismount

    :  settle, alight

    :  to arrive by chance :  happen

workplay
  1. :  activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something:

    :  sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result

    :  the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood

  1. :  used for work

    :  suitable or styled for wear while working

    :  involving or engaged in work

  1. :  to bring to pass :  effect

    :  to fashion or create a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion on :  forge, shape

    :  to make or decorate with needlework


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