Definition of the work of — in US English:

the work of —

phrase

  • A task occupying a specified amount of time.

    ‘it was the work of a moment to discover the tiny stab wound’
    • ‘The murder of this family, five in number, was the work of a moment, not one of them awoke.’
    • ‘It was the work of but moments to drag the whistling warrior back across the clearing.’
    • ‘It was the work of no more than an hour to cut a hop-through and I could get on with the rest of the job.’
    • ‘There are moments in history when the work of years can be accomplished in weeks.’
    • ‘It is the work of a moment to tie on a bead so that the line pressure traps the bead against the level wind mechanism.’