make fast work of (someone or something)

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make fast work of (someone or something)

To deal with, finish, or dispose of someone or something very quickly or handily; (of an object) to consume something quickly. We'll make fast work of this project now that you've joined the team. You made fast work of that book you were reading. You must have liked it! Everyone is expecting the team to make fast work of their opponents in the upcoming match.
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A crane weighing 220 tonnes - the largest that could be used without having to close the nearby road - made fast work of what was clearly a precise exercise.
Astronauts made fast work of their key task for the day, disconnecting the old pump.
Keudell (2-2) made fast work of the Dons (9-12), facing just two batters over the minimum in the first five innings, striking out six.
The golden made fast work of the first gadwall but strayed off-line going for the second bird.
It made fast work of removing eye make-up, but a hefty price tag.
NUNEATON schoolgirl Amber-Jayne Barras has made fast work of Britain's longest off-shore organised swim.