cook up


verb (tr, adverb)

informal to concoct or invent (a story, alibi, etc)
to prepare (a meal), esp quickly
slang to prepare (a drug) for use by heating, as by dissolving heroin in a spoon

noun cook-up

(in the Caribbean) a dish consisting of mixed meats, rice, shrimps, and sometimes vegetables

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Idioms and Phrases with cook up

cook up

Fabricate, concoct, as in She's always cooking up some excuse. [Colloquial; mid-1700s]

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