The other phrase I wanted to teach you is the phrase detective work. So a detective is someone who works at the police department and investigates crimes, but sometimes in English, we ourselves do a little bit of detective work. Here’s a good example. Let’s say I walk in the kitchen and let’s say there was some leftover food in the fridge from the night before. Let’s say we had pizza and there were two slices left and I was planning to eat them, but when I go to look they are missing. I might need to do a little bit of detective work to figure out which of my children ate the leftover pizza. So it’s not just detectives who work at the police department who do actual detective work and investigate crimes. Some days, normal people like us have to do a little bit of detective work if we’re trying to figure something out. So two phrases with the word work in it. If you make short work of something, it means you get it done quickly and you get it done efficiently. And sometimes you need to do a little bit of detective work to figure out who did what in your house, or maybe at your place of work.
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