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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!
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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.
See also: egg, of, reason, roast, there

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.
See also: give, roast

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.
See also: get, roast

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!
See also: get, give, roast, somebody

roast

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.

roasted

mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was stewed, roasted, and boiled.
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Technology should never be a substitute for a roast master, but the integration of technology into a roasting platform can help elevate the art of roasting, improve the roasting process, achieve consistent roast profiles, and assist the roast master in taking their craft to the next level.
We selected these three roasts in particular since our consumers love them the most.
In Newport, South Wales, The Ridgeway Bar and Kitchen will serve two roasts from Monday to Saturday, and will pair meals with a perfect pint of ale or glass of red wine.
Many coffee connoisseurs agree that varietal character is lost in roasts darker than City Roast.
I have been treating my beans better for many years, buying lighter roasts, keeping them sealed airtight and grinding fresh, transitioning to a more expensive burr grinder, then stripping down the brewing method to its individual, controllable elements.
Most shoppers will stop for a free cup of coffee, and with several different roasts and style of beans to choose from, it will be an enticing demo indeed.
Now he fields inquiries over the Internet, roasts to exact order and whisks his final product via Federal Express to coffee connoisseurs across the country.
Roasts are the sort of meal that memories are made of - how many of us fondly remember the roast our mothers cooked for Sunday lunch?
ROASTS are the sort of meal that memories are made of how many of us fondly remember the roast our mothers cooked for Sunday lunch?
This style of cooking does not require extensive cooking time if one uses boneless cuts of chicken or smaller roasts.