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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. 2017.
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  • The cook straightened up from his frying-pan and looked at it.

    Tenting To-night Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He stood before the stove, stirring the contents of a frying-pan.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • The man laid down his frying-pan and tea-pail, and walked with Duff toward his camp.

  • The frulein had risen in the meanwhile, and was busy with the kettle and a frying-pan.

    The Cattle-Baron's Daughter Harold Bindloss
  • If, indeed, Paris were seriously threatened by the Germans, it might be like jumping from the frying-pan into the fire.

  • Theodora had gone into their cabin, to fetch our tin ware and frying-pan.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • And then, suddenly, out of the corner of his eyes he noted the rag which she had wrapped about the handle of the frying-pan.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • The cook seized a large fish to prepare it for the frying-pan.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Ere long Martin was seen slowly ascending the cliffs, holding the frying-pan with great care.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
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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