frying pan

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  1. 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for frying pan

wok, gridiron, spider

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Contemporary Examples of frying pan

  • Hard to know its scale (I like to imagine it frying-pan size) but its asymmetries speak to its origins.

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    July 8, 2013

Historical Examples of frying pan

British Dictionary definitions for frying pan

frying pan

esp US fry-pan

  1. a long-handled shallow pan used for frying
  2. out of the frying pan into the fire from a bad situation to a worse one
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