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pressure cooker

or pressure-cooker

noun
1.
a reinforced pot, usually of steel or aluminum, in which soups, meats, vegetables, etc., may be cooked quickly in heat above boiling point by steam maintained under pressure.
2.
any situation, job, assignment, etc., in which a person is faced with urgent responsibilities or demands by other people, constant deadlines, or a hectic work schedule.
Origin of pressure cooker
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • Food cooks faster when you use a simple canning jar as a pressure cooker.

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  • Maybe he was in some kind of pressure cooker and this was one of the fruitcakes.

    Gun for Hire Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • If you can with a steam-pressure canner or a pressure cooker, then steam the spinach there.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • He wondered, all over again, if this was some kind of pressure cooker.

    Gun for Hire Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • If canning with a steam-pressure canner or a pressure cooker sterilize for one hour and a half under 10 to 15 lbs.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
British Dictionary definitions for pressure cooker

pressure cooker

noun
1.
a strong hermetically sealed pot in which food may be cooked quickly under pressure at a temperature above the normal boiling point of water
2.
(NZ, informal) a trainee student attending a shortened qualifying course
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Slang definitions & phrases for pressure cooker

pressure cooker

modifier

: flung into the pressure-cooker existence of live TV

noun phrase

A place or situation of great personal stress: the pressure cooker on the Hudson (1958+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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