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To make short work of

Posted by TheFallen on April 12, 2002

In Reply to: To make short work of posted by bill on April 12, 2002

: anyone know the meaning and origin of this one? Thanks

To make short (or light) work of something means to accomplish it quickly (or easily). As to origins, the phrase looks pretty literal to me, but others will no doubt come up with early quotations.

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