like a dose of salts

like a dose of salts

very fast and efficiently. British informal
The salts referred to in this expression are laxatives.
1991 Peter Carey The Tax Inspector She's going to go through your old man like a dose of salts.
See also: dose, like, of, salt
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like a dose of ˈsalts

(old-fashioned, British English, informal) very fast and easily: We’ll go through this house like a dose of salts, cleaning it from top to bottom.
Salts in this phrase are laxatives (= medicine that makes you go to the toilet).
See also: dose, like, of, salt
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As one assistant to an MP stated, "This article will go through the individual caucuses like a dose of salts."
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