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roast snow in a furnace
To attempt a futile, often ridiculous, task. You're so tiny that there's no way you can carry that armchair upstairs all by yourself—you might as well roast snow in a furnace!
there is reason in the roasting of eggs
Even the strangest actions are done for a reason. I don't understand why my brother quit his job all of a sudden, but there is reason in the roasting of eggs, I suppose. Don't ask your father why he's on the roof—just accept that there is reason in the roasting of eggs.
give (one) a roasting
To very strongly rebuke or criticize one. The principal gave Mark a roasting because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.
get a roasting
To be very strongly rebuked, criticized, or condemned. The giant supermarket chain has gotten a roasting lately over allegations that they've been threatening local shops and markets. Mark sure got a roasting because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.
give somebody/get a ˈroasting(informal) criticize somebody or be criticized in an angry way: I’d better go. I’ll get a roasting if I’m late again!
1. tv. to put on an entertaining program, usually with a dinner, where the guest of honor is teased and insulted. They roasted Dave when he retired.
2. n. an entertaining program where the guest of honor is insulted all in fun. It was a wonderful roast. The guest of honor was pleased with the quality of the insults.
mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was stewed, roasted, and boiled.
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