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    make short work of...

    Hello.

    - Susan made light work of the box of chocolates.
    - Susan made short work of the box of chocolates.
    - Susan made quick work of the box of chocolates.
    - Susan made easy work of the box of chocolates.
    Do these all sound good?

    - The professor made light work of my argument.
    - The professor made short work of my argument.
    - The professor made quick work of my argument.
    - The professor made easy work of my argument.
    Do these all sound good?

    Thank you.

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    Re: make short work of...

    I don't see what making "light work" of a box of chocolates means, exactly. That one seems vague. The other seven make more sense to me; making light work of my argument seems fine, because it's immaterial and the metaphor holds; with chocolates we gain weight, a whole box is quite heavy for a snack.... it doesn't fit well, in my opinion.

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    Re: make short work of...

    - Susan made light work of the box of chocolates.
    Does this really sound unnatural?

    Here's a similar sentence:
    You made light work of that chocolate cake!
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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    Re: make short work of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - Susan made light work of the box of chocolates.
    Does this really sound unnatural?

    Here's a similar sentence:
    You made light work of that chocolate cake!
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Yes, I think
    Susan made light work of the box of chocolates. Is ok, but I prefer 'short work'.

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    Re: make short work of...

    What about You made light work of that chocolate cake!?

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    Re: make short work of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    What about You made light work of that chocolate cake!?
    Yes, it's ok, but I prefer 'short work' there as well.

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