like a hot knife through butter


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like a (hot) knife through butter

Quickly and with very little effort required. (Said of physically or figuratively cutting through something.) An industrial machine like that can cut through any material like a knife through butter. Because of his close connections with government officials, he was able to get through the bureaucratic red tape like a hot knife through butter.
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like a hot knife through butter

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like a knife through butter

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1. If something goes through something else like a hot knife through butter or like a knife through butter, it goes through it very easily. The edge of the plastic cut through my top lip like a knife through butter. Lasers can slice through rock like a hot knife through butter.
2. If you deal with a problem or difficult situation like a hot knife through butter or like a knife through butter, you deal with it quickly and easily. My sister is practical. She would steer through a situation like ours like a hot knife through butter.
See also: butter, hot, knife, like, through