pressure cooker


: an airtight utensil for quick cooking or preserving of foods by means of high-temperature steam under pressure
: a situation or environment that is fraught with emotional or social pressures
pressure-cook verb

Examples of pressure cooker in a Sentence

The new boss has turned the office into a pressure cooker.
Recent Examples on the Web The college process is already a pressure cooker that’s been dialed up to roasting chicken levels over the years. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 The plan, spearheaded by a group called America’s Routes, is also a bid to hold on to something intangible — a kind of life that has all but disappeared in the pressure cooker of the nation’s capital. Jayne Orenstein, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Place them in a pressure cooker and add enough water to cover them by several inches. Sara Franklin, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Throughout the film, Blu is in the pressure cooker, with Eisenberg improving as the temperature rises. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Rather than constrict the storytelling in any way, that confinement serves to lock in the tension, like a pressure cooker does with steam. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2024 Add ingredients to pressure cooker, and set to cook: Stir in broth. Julia Levy, Southern Living, 30 Dec. 2023 Skip roasting the whole bird in favor of cooking just the turkey breast with this healthy pressure cooker recipe. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Dec. 2023 However, each brother was raised by their father Fritz Von Erich (Holt McCallany) in a pressure cooker environment, where they were not only held to impossibly high standards, but were also subjected to Fritz’s ever-evolving rankings of his favorite son. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pressure cooker was in 1915

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“Pressure cooker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pressure cooker

: a utensil for cooking or preserving foods by means of steam under pressure

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