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    Question Whack it in the oven

    Hi,
    Jamie Oliver (A chef on TV) often uses the expression "whack it" to mean put it or toss it.
    He - for instance- says "whack it in the oven".

    I checked the dictionary, whack - definition of whack by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    and whack does not give that meaning.

    So what does he mean swhen he says "whack it in the oven"?

    Thanks :)

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    Re: Whack it in the oven

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Hi,
    Jamie Oliver (A chef on TV) often uses the expression "whack it" to mean put it or toss it.
    He - for instance- says "whack it in the oven".

    I checked the dictionary, whack - definition of whack by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    and whack does not give that meaning.

    So what does he mean swhen he says "whack it in the oven"?

    Thanks :)
    "Whack it in." is an expression which means "put it in."

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    Re: Whack it in the oven

    Jamie Oliver uses it to suggest a sense of 'happy-go-luckiness', carefree-ness, and enjoyment (contrasting with old-school cooking instructors who would have said something like 'Put it on the top shelf of the oven at Gas Mark N - that's N Fahrenheit or N Celsius - for 25 minutes.')

    There are a few other contexts where can use "whack in" to give a similar air of carelessness: "I whacked in an application for that grant, but I don't expect anything will come of it." (In Br E you can also use "bung in" - "If you're at all interested in that job, bung in an application; you can always turn it down after the interview".)

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    Re: Whack it in the oven

    I see. Thanks a lot bhaisahab and BobK. :)
    I'll whack the cake in the oven once I learn how to cook.

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