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.
The pressure-cooker bombs are also used by insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.The Sheikh Who May Have Influenced Boston’s Tsarnaev Brothers|Eli Lake|April 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for pressure cooker
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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