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make light work of (someone or something)

To deal with, finish, or dispose of someone or something very quickly or handily. We'll make light work of this project now that you've joined the team. You made light work of that book you were reading. You must have liked it!
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make light work of someone

If you make light work of an opponent, you defeat them easily. The 2009 champion made light work of his opponent.
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make light work of something

COMMON If someone or something makes light work of a task or activity, they do it quickly and easily. This stylish product makes light work of chopping onions, carrots, mushrooms, peppers etc. The quiet and efficient pool cleaners make light work of keeping the pool sparkling clean.
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make light work of

accomplish a task quickly and easily.
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make light ˈwork of something

(informal) do something very easily; defeat somebody very easily: She made light work of that translation.They made light work of their match against Lazio and won the championship. OPPOSITE: make heavy weather of (doing) something
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make light work of

To do or accomplish easily.
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1965: Muhammad Ali made light work of his first defence of the world heavyweight boxing crown, knocking out Sonny Liston in the first round.
South Africa made light work of England in the second ODI in Southampton on Tuesday, defeating the hosts by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after being set up by Hashim Amla's 150.
Peterlee then made light work of the run chase, rattling off the required runs with more than three overs to spare and losing just two wickets in the process.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall looked on in the Royal Box as Federer made light work of his opponent, notching a 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory.
PACEMAKERS Colwyn Bay RBL reinforced their hold on Section A with a 10-4 victory in their NORTH WALES COAST LEAGUE encounter with home side Fron Park who have now lost nine of their 10 matches but defending champions Denbigh made light work of Llanfairpwll with a 10-4 home win.
ROBIN Soderling cruised to his first Masters Series title as he made light work off seeing off home favourite Gael Monfils to win the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
After restricting the White Ferns to 136 for nine in their 50 overs, England made light work of reaching their target as they made 139 for the loss of one wicket, getting home with 23 balls to spare to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Al Qasimi, who went into the final day already eight seconds ahead of nearest challenger and compatriot Rashid Al Ketbi, made light work of the Kuwait route to clinch his seventh MERC win in emphatic fashion.
Barca made light work of Christian Gross's men at St Jakob-Park a fortnight ago, winning the game 5-0 and stretching their advantage at the top of the group as a result.
A plethora of players helped themselves to tries for Tonga as they made light work of the Koreans.
Sussex made light work of the Nottinghamshire second innings to take victory at Trent Bridge.
1 Johanna Konta made light work of Monica Niculescu to reach the quarter-finals.
PETRON made light work of Shopinas, 25-19, 25-12, 25-23, Monday night and capped a 10-game sweep of the eliminations in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Cuneta Astrodome.
The Tigers had been up to eight-point favourites for their semi-final against Widnes at Leigh yesterday, but made light work of covering that line, taking a 14-0 half-time lead before sealing a convincing 28-6 victory.