cook up

cook

1 [kook]
verb (used with object)
1.
to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
2.
to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
3.
Slang. to ruin; spoil.
4.
Informal. to falsify, as accounts: to cook the expense figures.
verb (used without object)
5.
to prepare food by the use of heat.
6.
(of food) to undergo cooking.
7.
Slang.
a.
to be full of activity and excitement: Las Vegas cooks around the clock.
b.
to perform, work, or do in just the right way and with energy and enthusiasm: That new drummer is really cooking tonight. Now you're cooking!
c.
to be in preparation; develop: Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several years.
d.
to take place; occur; happen: What's cooking at the club?
noun
8.
a person who cooks: The restaurant hired a new cook.
Verb phrases
9.
cook off, (of a shell or cartridge) to explode or fire without being triggered as a result of overheating in the chamber of the weapon.
10.
cook up, Informal.
a.
to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly: She hastily cooked up an excuse.
b.
to falsify: Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.
Idioms
11.
cook one's goose. goose ( def 11 ).
12.
cook the books, Slang. to manipulate the financial records of a company, organization, etc., so as to conceal profits, avoid taxes, or present a false financial report to stockholders.

Origin:
before 1000; (noun) Middle English cok(e), Old English cōc (compare Old Norse kokkr, German Koch, Dutch kok) < Latin cocus, coquus, derivative of coquere to cook; akin to Greek péptein (see peptic); (v.) late Middle English coken, derivative of the noun

cookable, adjective
cookless, adjective
uncookable, adjective
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cook (kʊk)
 
vb
1.  to prepare (food) by the action of heat, as by boiling, baking, etc, or (of food) to become ready for eating through such a processRelated: culinary
2.  to subject or be subjected to the action of intense heat: the town cooked in the sun
3.  slang (tr) to alter or falsify (something, esp figures, accounts, etc): to cook the books
4.  slang (tr) to spoil or ruin (something)
5.  slang (intr) to happen (esp in the phrase what's cooking?)
6.  slang (tr) to prepare (any of several drugs) by heating
7.  slang (intr) music to play vigorously: the band was cooking
8.  informal cook someone's goose
 a.  to spoil a person's plans
 b.  to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
 
n
9.  a person who prepares food for eating, esp as an occupation
 
Related: culinary
 
[Old English cōc (n), from Latin coquus a cook, from coquere to cook]
 
'cookable
 
adj

Cook1 (kʊk)
 
n
1.  Official name: Aoraki-Mount Cook a mountain in New Zealand, in the South Island, in the Southern Alps: the highest peak in New Zealand. Height: reduced in 1991 by a rockfall from 3764 m (12 349 ft) to 3754 m (12 316 ft)
2.  a mountain in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4194 m (13 760 ft)

Cook2 (kʊk)
 
n
1.  Captain James. 1728--79, British navigator and explorer: claimed the E coast of Australia for Britain, circumnavigated New Zealand, and discovered several Pacific and Atlantic islands (1768--79)
2.  Sir Joseph. 1860--1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister of Australia (1913--14)
3.  Peter (Edward). 1937--95, British comedy actor and writer, noted esp for his partnership (1960--73) with Dudley Moore
4.  Robin, full name Robert Finlayson Cook. 1946--2005, British Labour politician; foreign secretary (1997--2001), Leader of the House (2001-2003)
5.  Thomas. 1808--92, British travel agent; innovator of conducted excursions and founder of the travel agents Thomas Cook and Son

cook up
 
vb
1.  informal to concoct or invent (a story, alibi, etc)
2.  to prepare (a meal), esp quickly
3.  slang to prepare (a drug) for use by heating, as by dissolving heroin in a spoon
 
n
4.  (in the Caribbean) a dish consisting of mixed meats, rice, shrimps, and sometimes vegetables

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Word Origin & History

cook
O.E. coc, from V.L. cocus "cook," from L. coquus, from coquere "to cook, prepare food, ripen, digest, turn over in the mind" from PIE base *pekw- "to cook" (cf. Oscan popina "kitchen," Skt. pakvah "cooked," Gk. peptein, Lith. kepti "to bake, roast," O.C.S. pecenu "roasted"). The noun was first; Gmc.
languages had no one native term for all types of cooking. The verb is first attested late 14c.; the figurative sense of "to manipulate, falsify, doctor" is from 1630s. To cook with gas is 1930s jive talk.
"There is the proverb, the more cooks the worse potage." [Gascoigne, 1575]
Related: Cooker (a type of stove, 1884); cookery (1390s); cooking (1640s).
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Bible Dictionary

Cook definition


a person employed to perform culinary service. In early times among the Hebrews cooking was performed by the mistress of the household (Gen. 18:2-6; Judg. 6:19), and the process was very expeditiously performed (Gen. 27:3, 4, 9, 10). Professional cooks were afterwards employed (1 Sam. 8:13; 9:23). Few animals, as a rule, were slaughtered (other than sacrifices), except for purposes of hospitality (Gen. 18:7; Luke 15:23). The paschal lamb was roasted over a fire (Ex. 12:8, 9; 2Chr. 35:13). Cooking by boiling was the usual method adopted (Lev. 8:31; Ex. 16:23). No cooking took place on the Sabbath day (Ex. 35:3).

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Idioms & Phrases

cook up

Fabricate, concoct, as in She's always cooking up some excuse. [Colloquial; mid-1700s]

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