pressure cooker


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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Other Words from pressure cooker

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 38-year-old came up in the pressure cooker of Harvey Weinstein's Miramax and The Weinstein Co., spending 11 years between the two operations, from 2005-2016, and rising to senior vp marketing. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Weinstein Alum Spencer Peeples Jumps From Netflix to Hulu to Lead Awards Efforts," 23 Oct. 2019 Tired, because of the academic and social pressure cooker of high school. Henry Dawson, Bon Appétit, "I Didn't Know How to Tell My Guy Friends I Cared, So I Learned to Bake," 4 Oct. 2019 My mom cooked everything in a pressure cooker, one whistle for yellow dal, two whistles for basmati pilaf and three whistles for chicken curry. Dr. Monita Soni, al, "A lunch to remember," 2 Oct. 2019 Many rice cookers look like pressure cookers, but the latter use pressure to cook food quickly — a function that has been used to turn them into bombs. Jennifer Peltz,, "Police seek to question man in NYC rice cooker bomb scare," 16 Aug. 2019 The Duo Plus 60 model is a 9-in-1 device, serving as a rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, food warmer, and pressure cooker. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "The Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 is $15 off for Prime Day 2019," 15 July 2019 The slow cooker is the slow, all day method and the pressure cooker is the fast method. Washington Post, "Got a haul of apples for fall? Here’s what to do with them," 10 Sep. 2019 And while the White House's response to the Hong Kong protests so far has been mild, the situation remains a pressure cooker. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "3 reasons the U.S. economy isn't set to fall off a cliff," 20 Aug. 2019 A year earlier, a pressure cooker packed with shrapnel exploded in Chelsea on 23rd Street, injuring at least 29 people. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Rice Cookers That Prompted Bomb Scare in Subway Investigated as ‘Hoax Devices’," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pressure cooker

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Nov 2019

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The first known use of pressure cooker was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of pressure cooker

: a special pot that is used to cook food quickly by using the pressure of steam
informal : a situation or place that causes you to feel a lot of stress or pressure

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