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

pressure-cook

verb

Examples of pressure cooker in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of pressure cooker

1915


PRESSURE COOKER Defined for English Language Learners

pressure cooker

noun

Definition of pressure cooker for English Language Learners

  • : 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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