One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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