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|Cooking with gas|
What does Cooking with gas mean?
|To be working fast, proceeding rapidly.||After working with those old hand tools, power tools will make you feel like you are really cooking with gas.|
Although common place today, gas stoves have not always been the norm. Gas stoves started to be available in the 1800's, and until that time wood stoves were the standard.
Now you're "cooking with gas" comes from an old advertisement for gas stoves. The phrase suggests that gas is faster, easier, cleaner, better than cooking with wood.
Some Random Idioms
|in plain language/English|
What does "in plain language/English" mean?
| in simple and clear language||My bank explained to me in plain English what the terms of the loan were. |
What does "fucking A" mean?
| a strong expression of satisfaction or delight.|| A raise!? Fucking A!|
What does "buff" mean?
| prepare a patient and details of care so discharge or transfer to another service will go smoothly.|| Just buff the patient's chart and get him out of here already.|
What does "hump" mean?
| have sexual relations|
|first out of the gate|
What does "first out of the gate" mean?
| be the first person to begin a project|| be the first person to begin a projectHe was first out of the gate in the effort to raise money for the new concert hall.|
|flora and fauna|
What does "flora and fauna" mean?
| plants and animals||We took some books to the cottage so that we could learn about the flora and fauna of the area.|
|keep up appearances |
What does "keep up appearances " mean?
| keep an outward show of prosperity or good behavior||He is trying to keep up appearances even though he has lost his job.|
|find one's feet|
What does "find one's feet" mean?
| to become used to a new situation or experience||I was able to easily find my feet when I started my new job. |
|give (someone) the eye|
What does "give (someone) the eye" mean?
| to look or stare at someone (especially in a cold or unfriendly way)||The store manager began to give me the eye so I left.|
What does "in jeopardy" mean?
| in danger, at risk||Our contract with the large company was in jeopardy because of our inability to quickly provide them with our products. |
What does "raise eyebrows" mean?
| to cause surprise or disapproval, to shock people||I raised eyebrows when I arrived at work two hours late this morning.|
|stop short of (doing something)|
What does "stop short of (doing something)" mean?
| to not go as far as doing something||We stopped short of asking the secretary to leave although she continued to make mistakes with her work.|
|from way back|
What does "from way back" mean?
| since a long time ago, for a long time||I know my friend from way back. In fact, we went to elementary school together.|