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soup

[soop] /sup/
noun
1.
a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.
2.
Slang. a thick fog.
3.
Slang. added power, especially horsepower.
4.
Slang. nitroglycerine.
5.
Photography Slang. developing solution.
Verb phrases
6.
soup up, Slang.
  1. to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.
  2. to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven:
    a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.
Idioms
7.
from soup to nuts,
  1. from the first through the last course of a meal.
  2. from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.
8.
in the soup, Informal. in trouble:
He'll be in the soup when the truth comes out.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; 1940-45 for def 6; < French soupe, Old French souppe, sope < Germanic; compare Dutch sopen to dunk. See sop
Related forms
soupless, adjective
souplike, adjective
Synonyms
1. broth, stock, potage.
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Examples from the web for soup
  • The native puts it on his meat and in his soup and mixes it with his rice and beans.
  • The soup base may be boiled, strained, and refrigerated.
  • If you want chickpeas or hair dye or a fishing net or a saddle or a soup pot, you can find it at the souk.
  • He was always downstairs checking on the decor, sampling the soup, tasting the sauces.
  • Our mouths know the difference between ice cubes and hot soup.
  • It is plasma--an electrically charged, high-energy soup of ions and electrons.
  • Next, the pressure and temperature drop, and the soup swirls through a centrifuge that separates any remaining water from the oil.
  • Without archaea to eat the dissolved organics, the ocean might resemble chicken soup.
  • The inside of a soup can also makes a nurturing environment, as long as it's not subjected to too much heat.
  • When some people might eat a huge steak, that same steak gets diced and put into an entire pot of soup or chilli or whatever.
British Dictionary definitions for soup

soup

/suːp/
noun
1.
a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal
2.
(informal) a photographic developer
3.
(informal) anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fog See also peasouper
4.
a slang name for nitroglycerine
5.
(informal) in the soup, in trouble or difficulties
Word Origin
C17: from Old French soupe, from Late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German suppe, Old Norse soppa soup
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Word Origin and History for soup
n.

"liquid food," 1650s, from French soupe "soup, broth" (13c.), from Late Latin suppa "bread soaked in broth," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch sop "sop, broth"), from Proto-Germanic *sup-, from PIE *sub-, from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)).

Primordial soup is from a concept first expressed 1929 by J.B.S. Haldane. Soup to nuts "everything" is from 1910. Soup-kitchen, "public establishment supported by voluntary contributions, for preparing and serving soup to the poor at no cost" is attested from 1839. In Ireland, souper meant "Protestant clergyman seeking to make proselytes by dispensing soup in charity" (1854).

v.

"increase the horsepower of an engine," 1921, probably from soup (n.) in slang sense of "narcotic injected into horses to make them run faster" (1911), influenced by supercharge (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for soup

sound bite

noun phrase

A very brief excerpt of speech or film used esp in political campaigns to make a quick impression: They present him chiefly in a staccato series of sound bites (late 1980s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with soup

soup

In addition to the idiom beginning with
soup
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Encyclopedia Article for soup

liquid food prepared by cooking meat, poultry, fish, legumes, or vegetables with seasonings in water, stock, milk, or some other liquid medium. The cooking of soup is as ancient as the devising of vessels to hold liquid; before the development of pots that could withstand the direct heat of a fire, soups were cooked by dropping hot stones into the liquid. The long cooking of soup enabled nourishment to be drawn from meagre quantities of fish and meat too bony or tough to be otherwise utilized.

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