- 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, fry·pan [frahy-pan] /ˈfraɪˌpæn/.
Origin of frying pan
1350–1400; Middle English fryinge panne
Also called skillet.
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Examples from the Web for frying pan
Hard to know its scale (I like to imagine it frying-pan size) but its asymmetries speak to its origins.A Carpet for Mr. Burns
July 8, 2013
Put them into the frying-pan of hot butter, and keep it over a hot fire.
Have ready in a frying-pan over the fire, some good beef-dripping.
Have ready in a frying-pan some lard and batter mixed, and make it boil.
Have ready in a frying-pan over the fire, a large quantity of lard.
He had a regular camp, with a coffee-pot and frying-pan and blankets.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
esp US fry-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