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    Default Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    Is 'cook up a storm' an accepted expression or is it slang?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Is 'cook up a storm' an accepted expression or is it slang?

    Thanks.
    I'm not familiar with it, what is it supposed to mean?

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    I was told that it means to do something with a lot of energy and often skill.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 11-Aug-2012 at 19:30. Reason: typo of 'something'

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    I was told that it means to do something with a lot of energy and often skill.
    Thanks, I couldn't have guessed that. Sorry I can't help you with it.

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    According to this, it means 'to cook an amazing meal'.

    I wouldn't say it's widely accepted or slang.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    According to this, it means 'to cook an amazing meal'.

    I wouldn't say it's widely accepted or slang.

    Rover
    (Note, Rover didn't write 'or a slang'. 'Slang' is not countable (although in some national variants I believe it is - Indian English, for example).)

    A similar inversion is idiomatic: 'a storm is brewing' - it's the storm that does the work! This can be used both meteorologically and figuratively (of emotions or a dramatic turn of events, typically);
    'They seemed to be working together well, but a storm was brewing.'
    'Everything seemed to be going right for him, but a storm was brewing.'


    (The second example can be made more graphic: 'For him, the sky was always blue. But storm-clouds were gathering on the horizon.')

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    It's a very common expression in the US, and not limited to cooking.

    I'm going to hit the clubs and dance up a storm.
    I've got 30 people coming for dinner so today I'm going to cook up a storm.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    "Cook up a storm" and other variants as per Barb D's post, are also heard in Aust/NZ.

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's a very common expression in the US, and not limited to cooking.

    I'm going to hit the clubs and dance up a storm.
    I've got 30 people coming for dinner so today I'm going to cook up a storm.
    I've heard it in BrE, though it's an import.

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'cook up a storm'

    in my opinion it means doing st enthusiastically and energetically. It is not only "cook" but verbs which are also accepted.

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