pressure cooker

noun

Definition of pressure cooker

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

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Examples of pressure cooker in a Sentence

The new boss has turned the office into a pressure cooker.

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Place chicken in pot of electric pressure cooker; add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 6 cups water. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Instant Pot Chicken Soup," 21 Dec. 2018 In the pot of an electric pressure cooker, stir together noodles and 1 tablespoon oil to coat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Noodles and Meatballs," 16 Aug. 2018 Divide mixture among the ramekins, pouring any remaining custard mixture into the ramekins, then cover each with foil. Pour 1 cup water into the pressure cooker (no need to rinse) and place a steam rack in the pot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 Many of you jumped on the modernized pressure cooker, Instant Pot, multicooker craze long ago, but for some of us (Todd A. Price and me, for instance,) the appliances made their debuts this Christmas. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Get an Instant Pot for Christmas? Revisit this NYT user guide to multicookers," 9 Jan. 2018 This reign of #terror has compounded the pressure cooker effect. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Palestinian Gunman Kills Two Israeli Soldiers as West Bank Violence Escalates," 13 Dec. 2018 The film is a largely cinema verité study of a pressure cooker world flush with ultra-rich buyers, high-on-the-hog middlemen, and artists anointed with the Midas touch. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "The Price of Everything,," 18 Oct. 2018 Sanders and was an early adopter of his chicken pressure cookers and blend of herbs and spices. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "William Galt Founded Good Earth Restaurants to Promote Unprocessed Food," 17 Aug. 2018 Kenny gets it: The show is a pressure cooker, and everyone has a moment of weakness. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: The Colton and Tia Drama, Continued," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of pressure cooker

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pressure cooker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pressure cooker

: a special pot that is used to cook food quickly by using the pressure of steam

: a situation or place that causes you to feel a lot of stress or pressure

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