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pressure cooker

or pressure-cooker

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.
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
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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pressure cooker

a strong hermetically sealed pot in which food may be cooked quickly under pressure at a temperature above the normal boiling point of water
(NZ, informal) a trainee student attending a shortened qualifying course
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pressure cooker


: 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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