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A person who speaks at too great a length, saying little of value and often with an air of pretentious authority. Ah, quit prattling on about the government, you old gasbag! You don't know the first thing about politics.
have a gas
To have a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, and/or amusing time. I went out last night with all my old high school buddies for a night on the town. We had a gas! We were all having a gas at the party when the police showed up to tell us we were being too loud.
hit the gas
To move quickly; to accelerate or go faster. Used especially while riding in an automobile. We'll need to hit the gas if we want to make it to the movie on time.
pour gas/gasoline on the fire
To do or say something to make an argument, problem, or bad situation worse; to further incense an already angry person or group of people. The debate was going poorly for the senatorial candidate, and his strikingly uncouth comments simply poured gasoline on the fire. Revelations of the CEO's massive retirement package poured gas on the fire for consumers already furious over the charity's dubious financial dealings.
A vehicle that consumes more than the average amount of gasoline during normal usage. Every time the price of oil rises, people trade in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars.
be cooking on gas
slang To be making rapid progress or performing efficiently. Now that we've had this breakthrough with our experiment, we're really cooking on gas.
The act of manipulating someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.
See also: gaslight
To manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.
now (one's) cooking (with gas)
Now one is making progress or doing something right. That's how to do it, team! Now you're cooking with gas! Adjusting those parts made all the difference. Look how fast it goes! Now we're cooking!
cooking with gas
slang Having success in a particular activity. Once we dislodged that piece, we were really cooking with gas on this repair. That's a great idea—now you're cooking with gas!
run out of gas
1. Literally, to near the end of one's supply of gas in a car or other vehicle. I'm running out of gas, so we need to stop before we get on the highway.
2. By extension, to lose one's energy, motivation, or enthusiasm to continue doing something. After spending hours working on this project, I'm running out of gas—can we take a break?
step on the gas
1. When driving, to accelerate (by stepping on the gas pedal). Often used as an imperative. Step on the gas, will you? We're going to be late! If you don't step on the gas a bit, we're going to keep getting passed.
2. To move faster or increase intensity. We need to step on the gas in the second half to keep up with them. I think it's time to step on the gas with this initiative and really scale it up.
1. To put gasoline into a vehicle, especially to fill the tank to capacity. You should gas up before hitting the road.
2. slang To drink alcohol to the point of intoxication. The guys are down at the bar gassing up before the game.
be cooking with gas
slang To be having success in a particular activity. Once we dislodged that piece, we were really cooking with gas on this repair. That's a great idea—now you're cooking with gas!
all gas and gaiters
A favorable or pleasant state. The phrase can also be written as "all is gas and gaiters," which is how it first appeared in Charles Dickens's novel Nicholas Nickleby. My boss has been in a good mood all week, so all is gas and gaiters.
out of gas
1. Literally, having no gasoline to make a car, motorcycle, truck, etc. move. We ran out of gas about three miles outside of town. Make sure you fill up the tank before you take the boat out—you don't want to find yourself out of gas and stranded in the middle of the lake.
2. By extension, completely exhausted, fatigued, or without energy or motivation. Let him make those big punches. They'll tire him out quickly, and he'll be out of gas by the fifth round.
cook with gas
slang To have success in a particular activity. Once we dislodge that piece, we might cook with gas on this repair. That's a great idea—now you're cooking with gas!
To be flatulent; to fart. Someone passed gas right in the middle of Grandpa's story, and the whole table burst into laughter. If you can't avoid passing gas in the car, then at least have the courtesy to open the windows!
take the gas pipe
euphemism To kill oneself. A reference to the practice of putting one's head in an oven without a pilot light and turning the gas on, resulting in asphyxiation. I only found out recently that Tom's dad died many years ago by taking the gas pipe. I was at such a low point in my life that I was ready to take the gas pipe, but thankfully a good friend helped me out of my terrible depression.
slang Someone who administers anesthesia (which comes in gaseous forms). Once the gas-passer is done, we'll go ahead in and start operating.
cooking with gas
doing [something] exactly right. That's great! Now you're cooking with gas! I knew she was finally cooking with gas when she answered all the questions correctly.
gas something up
to put gasoline into a vehicle. I have to gas this car up soon. I will stop and gas up the car at the next little town.
to fill up one's gasoline tank with gasoline. I have to stop at the next service station and gas up. The next time you gas up, try some of the gasoline with alcohol in it.
*out of gas
1. Lit. without gasoline (in a car, truck, etc.). (*Typically: be ~; run ~.) We can't go any farther. We're out of gas. This car will be completely out of gas in a few more miles.
2. Fig. tired; exhausted; worn out. (*Typically: be ~; fun ~.) What a day! I've been working since morning, and I'm really out of gas. I think the old washing machine has finally run out of gas. I'll have to get a new one.
Euph. to release intestinal gas through the anus. Someone on the bus had passed gas. It smelled awful. Something I ate at lunch made me pass gas all afternoon.
run someone or something out of somethingand run someone or something out
to chase someone or something out of something or some place. The old man ran the kids out of his orchard. He ran out the kids.
run something out of somethingand run something out
to drive or steer something out of something or some place. The cowboys ran the cattle out of the corral. They ran out the cattle.
step on the gasand step on it
to hurry up; to make a vehicle go faster. (As if stepping on an automobile's accelerator. step on the gas. We are going to be late! step on it! Let's go!
cook with gas
Also, cook on the front burner. Do very well, make rapid progress. For example, The first half is finished already? Now you're cooking with gas, or Two promotions in two years-she's really cooking on the front burner! The first of these metaphoric phrases alludes to gas stoves, which began to replace slower wood-burning stoves about 1915. The variant, which alludes to something on a stove's front burner receiving more attention, is heard less often today. [Slang; 1940s] Also see back burner.
Supply a vehicle with gasoline, as in I want to be sure to gas up before we go. James M. Cain used this term in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934): "I went to gas up a car." [Colloquial; c. 1930 Also see tank up.
out of gas
see under run out of.
run out of
Exhaust a supply or quantity of, as in We're about to run out of coffee and sugar. This expression, dating from about 1700, can be used both literally and figuratively. Thus run out of gas may mean one no longer has any fuel, but it has also acquired the figurative sense of exhausting a supply of energy, enthusiasm, or support, and hence causing some activity to come to a halt. For example, After running ten laps I ran out of gas and had to rest to catch my breath, or The economic recovery seems to have run out of gas. On the other hand, run out of steam, originally alluding to a steam engine, today is used only figuratively to indicate a depletion of energy of any kind.
run out of gasmainly AMERICAN
If you run out of gas, you suddenly feel tired and lose energy or interest in what you are doing, and so you stop or fail. Miller, who missed second place by four seconds, said she `ran out of gas' close to the finish. The government's plan has run out of gas. Compare with run out of steam. Note: The image here is of a car stopping because it has run out of gas, or, in British English, petrol.
all gas and gaitersa satisfactory state of affairs. informal, dated
This expression was first recorded in Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby ( 1839 ): ‘All is gas and gaiters’.
1961 P. G. Wodehouse Ice in the Bedroom She cries ‘Oh, Freddie darling!’ and flings herself into his arms, and all is gas and gaiters again.
run out of gasrun out of energy; lose momentum. North American informal
step on the gaspress on the accelerator to make a car go faster. North American informal
be cooking with ˈgas(American English, informal) be doing something very well and successfully: Business may have been a little slow at first, but now we’re cooking with gas!
1. To supply gasoline or fuel to a vehicle: The tank was almost empty, so we stopped at a service station and gassed up.
2. To supply some vehicle or machine with gasoline or fuel: We gassed up the car before the road trip. After fixing the lawn mower, I gassed it up and tried to start it.
cooking with gas
in. doing exactly right. (Always with -ing.) That’s great! Now you’re cooking with gas!
1. n. intestinal gas. The baby has gas and will cry for a while longer.
2. n. nonsense. Hey, that’s about enough of your gas.
3. in. to talk nonsense; to brag. (see also gasbag.) Stop gassing for a minute and listen.
4. in. to have a good time. We gassed all evening.
5. and gasser n. a joke; a prank; a wild time. What a gas! I had a great time.
6. n. liquor, especially inferior liquor. Pour me a little more of that gas, will you?
7. and gas up in. to drink excessively; to get drunk. I come home every night and find that you’ve been gassing all day. He gassed up for a couple of hours while waiting for the plane.
n. a braggart. What’s the old gasbag going on about now?
n. a large automobile that uses much gasoline. The old gas-guzzlers were certainly comfortable.
n. a jocular nickname for an anesthetist. (Hospitals.) My gosh! The gas-passer charged almost as much as the surgeon.
run out of gas
in. to lose momentum or interest. I hope I don’t run out of gas before I finish what I set out to do.
take the pipe
1. and take the gas pipe tv. to commit suicide. (Originally by inhaling gas.) The kid was dropping everything in sight and finally took the pipe.
2. tv. to fail to perform under pressure; to cave in. (From sense 1) Don’t take the pipe, man. Stick in there!
take the gas pipeverb
See take the pipe
A vehicle that uses fuel inefficiently. The term was popularized in 1978, when Congress instituted “gas guzzler provisions” in the Energy Tax Act enacted during that year. Accordingly, the purchase of such vehicles was taxed in order to discourage their use and decrease fuel consumption. In succeeding decades, the term was applied to any large car, such as an SUV, regardless of whether it was subject to the tax. For example, “With the price of gas going up and up, I’m going to trade in my gas guzzler for a hybrid.”