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frying pan

a shallow, long-handled pan in which food is fried.
out of the frying pan into the fire, free of one predicament but immediately in a worse one.
Also, fry-pan, frypan
[frahy-pan] /ˈfraɪˌpæn/ (Show IPA)
Also called skillet.
Origin of frying pan
1350-1400; Middle English fryinge panne Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Jimmy, having had nothing else to do while they navigated the stream had amused himself preparing the catch for the frying pan.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • She laughed, and placed three of the silver mackerel in the frying pan.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • Melt a little butter in a frying pan, add the fish, and sauté until slightly browned.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • I wish we had a frying pan and a furnace; we could have some fried perch for supper.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • Put in a frying pan three ounces of sweet butter and cook until very dark brown, nearly black; and pour over the brains.

British Dictionary definitions for frying pan

frying pan

a long-handled shallow pan used for frying
out of the frying pan into the fire, from a bad situation to a worse one
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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