verb (used with object)
to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
Slang. to ruin; spoil.
Informal. to falsify, as accounts:
to cook the expense figures.
verb (used without object)
to prepare food by the use of heat.
(of food) to undergo cooking.
to be full of activity and excitement:
Las Vegas cooks around the clock.
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!
to be in preparation; develop:
Plans for the new factory have been cooking for several years.
to take place; occur; happen:
What's cooking at the club?
a person who cooks:
The restaurant hired a new cook.
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.
cook up, Informal.
to concoct or contrive, often dishonestly:
She hastily cooked up an excuse.
Someone had obviously cooked up the alibi.
cook one's goose. goose (def 11).
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.
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