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: a cooking competition

cook off

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cooked off; cooking off; cooks off

intransitive verb

of a cartridge
: to fire as a result of overheating

Examples of cook-off in a Sentence

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The two-day event will also include an array of food and beverage demonstrations, cook-off competitions and panel discussions. Mariya Moseley,, 11 Oct. 2023 What: Catfish cook-off, live music, food, games, photo booth, climbing wall and more. Mary Colurso |, al, 13 Sep. 2023 Saturday’s cool breeze brought the promise of fall to Clarkson Park Saturday, where sweet and tangy barbecue recipes were tested during the annual rib cook-off. Gina Grillo, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 What started as a ribs cook-off in July 1983 has morphed into the second largest farmers’ market in the Western United States with more than 100 vendors and thousands of shoppers along six downtown blocks every Thursday evening all year round. Eileen Ogintz, Chicago Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 In addition to the famous crab soup cook-off, try out the new Naptown Seafood Sampler featuring eight samples from Maryland restaurants, plus a drink, for $25. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 Watch as 8 renowned chefs compete in a reality television series cook-off to find out who is the best and who will win $75,000. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2023 Visitors can expect live entertainment, food and craft vendors, carnival rides, a car show, competitions, cook-offs, a Run Like a Nut 5K/10K/half marathon, and a bike ride. Emily Cappiello, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2023 General admission tickets include passes to the multiple stages hosting the music performances and conversations with special guests as well as food and beverage demonstrations and cook-off competitions. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 19 July 2023
Some of the liquid is also cooked off in the process of creating brown butter, leading to denser, chewier cookies. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 There have been some volcanic events that cook off a bunch of coal, for example, and fire that into the atmosphere. Michael Calore, WIRED, 17 Aug. 2023 When your mushrooms have released most of their liquid either pour the liquid off and reserve for later use, or cook off the liquid in the pan. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 28 Mar. 2023 Add chiles and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has cooked off, 3 to 4 minutes. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 2 May 2023 Sprinkle the flour into the pan and mix to combine, then add the brandy and cook off. Add the stock. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 28 Mar. 2023 Add sherry to deglaze the pan and cook off the alcohol. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 28 Mar. 2023 Once the alcohol cooks off and the liquid reduces, stock or water can be added, followed by a pat of butter, which turns the mixture into a silky, velvety sauce. When gin and dry vermouth simmer in a skillet of pork fat, their booze dissipates and their floral qualities take charge. Ali Slagle, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2023 The fire cooked off a haul of vinyl chloride—the chemical that makes PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic and is also a carcinogen—and bathed the area in a plume of smoke loaded with highly toxic chemicals. WIRED, 18 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1936, in the meaning defined above


1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cook-off was in 1936

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“Cook-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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