cooked up; cooking up; cooks up
Definition of cook up
1 : to prepare (food) for eating especially quickly I can cook up some hamburgers. He cooked this whole meal up in less than 30 minutes.
2 : to invent (something, such as an idea, excuse, etc.) to deal with a particular situation They cooked up a scheme to fool their neighbor. You'll have to cook an excuse up quickly.
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