make short work of(redirected from make fast work of)
make short work of someone or somethingand make fast work of someone or something
to finish with someone or something quickly. I made short work of Tom so I could leave the office to play golf. Billy made fast work of his dinner so he could go out and play.
make short work of somebody/something
to deal with someone or something quickly We made short work of the food that was put in front of us. The boxer made short work of his challenger.
make short work of something
to deal with or finish something quickly We made short work of the food that was put in front of us.
make short work of
Complete or consume quickly, as in The children made short work of the ice cream, or They made short work of cleaning up so they could get to the movies. This term, first recorded in 1577, in effect means "to turn something into a brief task."