make fast work of (someone or something)

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make fast work of (someone or something)

1. To deal with, finish, or dispose of someone or something very quickly or handily. We'll make fast work of this project now that you've joined the team. Everyone is expecting the team to make fast work of their opponents in the upcoming match.
2. To consume something quickly. I was so hungry that I made fast work of that steak. You sure made fast work of that book you were reading. You must have liked it!
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Easily handling damaged or intact fasteners, the KwickGripper makes fast work of removing stripped screws, headless nails, and broken staples.
A sharp paint scraper makes fast work of hardened glue.
It makes fast work of cucumbers, parsnips and courgettes too.
It also has a straight blade on its back that makes fast work of preparing kindling.
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It makes fast work of a small patch of grain, an overgrown spot of garden, or a patch of mature plants for seed.
You could use a craft knife to cut out your stencil, but Anna used a heat pen, which costs pounds 22.99 from The Stencil Store, which just melts through the mylar and makes fast work of the fiddliest designs.
A natural-bristle makeup brush makes fast work of any spilled powder.