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cook up

1. Literally, to prepare food by cooking it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cook" and "up." Are you hungry? I can cook something up for you.
2. To devise something. In this usage, the phrase often has a negative connotation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cook" and "up." What ridiculous scheme has Sam cooked up now?
3. To plan to do something with someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cook" and "up." Have you been able to cook anything up with the boss yet? We really need to meet about this issue soon.
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cooked up

Forced, artificial, or contrived. The phrase is hyphenated when used before a noun. The dog ate your homework, huh? Now there's cooked-up excuse!
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cooked up

contrived. (This is hyphenated before a nominal.) The whole thing seems so cooked up. What a cooked-up story! Of course, you don't believe it.
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cooked up

mod. contrived. (This is hyphenated before a nominal.) The whole thing seems so cooked up.
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The court heard that Cooke had contacted the girl in April this year and was aware of her age.
Two-time winners beside Cooke were Jack Bell, Roy Biancalana, Emil Esposito, Gary Hallberg, Bob Harris, Bill Ogden, Rick Ten Broeck and Felice Torza.
The department offered Cooke a variety of services, including visitation and family therapy, but the evidence showed that Cooke was difficult to engage and refused to participate in co-parenting sessions.
Cooke was executive producer of Hillsong: Let Hope Rise and produced Billy Graham's Starting Over.
Witnesses said while Ms Hamood was lying helpless on the floor, Cooke stood over her, shouting: "She's not really unconscious!
Chapter 3 moves on to consider Cooke's association with the Academy between 1752 and 1784 and the institution's development.
Cooke denied the incident to The Daily News Wednesday before turning herself in to police.
The Cooke family of companies includes global aquaculture divisions under Cooke Inc.
Previously, Cooke was employed as the human resource partner to the chief operating officer, division presidents as well as global function leads at Life Technologies.
And as a result, all parties agreed a move away from the Northeast was the best move for Cooke at this stage of his career.
With the younger Cooke playing up front, the elder stayed back and traded deep shots with their opponents.
In the book, Cooke uses three stories told by Jesus to explain that a person fulfills his or her godly purpose in life by showing love to others through some kind or generous act or deed.
One of the Cooke Brothers' shops in Rhondda | One of the Cooke Brothers' shops in Rhondda | Leighton Andrews with Jamie Rowland of the Bicycle Doctor Shop in Porth | Leighton Andrews with Jamie Rowland of the Bicycle Doctor Shop in Porth | George and Elizabeth Cooke's gravestone in Trealaw cemetery | George and Elizabeth Cooke's gravestone in Trealaw cemetery THESE fascinating pictures show how a Rhondda shop and local landmark looked 100 years ago.