Definition of quick-work in US English:

quick-work

noun

Nautical
historical
  • The parts of a ship's hull which are below the waterline when the ship is fully loaded, as opposed to the dead-work.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From quick + work, originally after French oeuvres vives (plural) part of the hull which is below the water line.

Pronunciation

quick-work

/ˈkwɪkwəːk/