[ koo k ]
/ kʊk /
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.
- to falsify: 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.
Origin of cook1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English cok(e), Old English cōc (compare Old Norse kokkr, German Koch, Dutch kok) < Latin cocus, coquus, derivative of coquere to cook; akin to Greek péptein (see peptic); (v.) late Middle English coken, derivative of the noun
Related formscook·a·ble, adjectivecook·less, adjectiveun·cook·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cook the books (1 of 3)
/ (kʊk) /
to prepare (food) by the action of heat, as by boiling, baking, etc, or (of food) to become ready for eating through such a processRelated adjective: culinary
to subject or be subjected to the action of intense heatthe town cooked in the sun
(tr) slang to alter or falsify (something, esp figures, accounts, etc)to cook the books
(tr) slang to spoil or ruin (something)
(intr) slang to happen (esp in the phrase what's cooking?)
(tr) slang to prepare (any of several drugs) by heating
(intr) music slang to play vigorouslythe band was cooking
cook someone's goose informal
- to spoil a person's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
a person who prepares food for eating, esp as an occupation
See also cook up
Derived Formscookable, adjectivecooking, noun
Word Origin for cook
Old English cōc (n), from Latin coquus a cook, from coquere to cook
British Dictionary definitions for cook the books (2 of 3)
/ (kʊk) /
noun Mount Cook
a mountain in New Zealand, in the South Island, in the Southern Alps: the highest peak in New Zealand. Height: reduced in 1991 by a rockfall from 3764 m (12 349 ft) to 3754 m (12 316 ft)Official name: Aoraki-Mount Cook
a mountain in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains. Height: 4194 m (13 760 ft)
British Dictionary definitions for cook the books (3 of 3)
/ (kʊk) /
Captain James . 1728–79, British navigator and explorer: claimed the E coast of Australia for Britain, circumnavigated New Zealand, and discovered several Pacific and Atlantic islands (1768–79)
Sir Joseph. 1860–1947, Australian statesman, born in England: prime minister of Australia (1913–14)
Peter (Edward). 1937–95, British comedy actor and writer, noted esp for his partnership (1960–73) with Dudley Moore
Robin, full name Robert Finlayson Cook . 1946–2005, British Labour politician; foreign secretary (1997–2001), Leader of the House (2001-2003)
Thomas. 1808–92, British travel agent; innovator of conducted excursions and founder of the travel agents Thomas Cook and Son
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Idioms and Phrases with cook the books (1 of 2)
cook the books
Falsify a company's financial records, as in An independent audit showed that they've been cooking the books for years. This slangy phrase was first recorded in 1636.
Idioms and Phrases with cook the books (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with cook
- cook someone's goose
- cook the books
- cook up
- cook with gas
- chief cook and bottlewasher
- short order (cook)
- too many cooks spoil the broth
- what's cooking
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