- 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
First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for pressure cooker
Nobody really gets out in this story, which only ups the pressure-cooker quality.Book Bag: Gritty Stories From the Real Montana
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October 2, 2014
The pressure-cooker bombs are also used by insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.The Sheikh Who May Have Influenced Boston’s Tsarnaev Brothers
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- 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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