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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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There's nothing that happened on New Year's Eve," Cooke told The News.
BMO Capital Markets is serving as the buy side financial advisor, Kelley Drye and Warren LLP is serving as legal counsel and Deloitte LLP is acting as financial and tax due diligence advisor to Cooke.
Paul Cooke was handed a life sentence for murder and, in May this year, his father was jailed for seven years at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Earlier, Cooke was a member of the executive management team at SGX Pharmaceuticals.
By 1923, when George Cooke died, he was running a shop in High Street, Cymmer, where he lived.
A woman student in the Boston College ministry program once informed me that the students referred to Cooke, who would take his meals among students, asking them about their lives, struggles and ambitions, as the institute's saint,'" Morrill told NCR.
Aged 25, Cooke had just made history by becoming the first Welsh woman to win an individual Olympic gold.
Today Mrs Walton, now fundraising manager for the hospital's Newborn Appeal, paid tribute to Prof Cooke's work, saying: "The care and support given to both Graham and I by the team of wonderful staff led by Prof Richard Cooke at Liverpool maternity hospital both before and after the birth of Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jenny made a very traumatic and difficult time for us a great deal easier to cope with.
Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for the North West area, said: "I have decided, after carefully considering the evidence in this case, that Vincent Cooke should not face any charges for the fatal stabbing of Raymond Jacob on September 17 during the course of a burglary at his home.
Cooke talked incessantly, but kept such feelings buttoned--save perhaps for two years of psychotherapy, which, if nothing else, benefited his writing.
A war of words has broken out since Cooke cried foul after her nine-year reign as British road champion came to an end in Lancashire at Pendle last month.
Cooke, 28, marked his 50th start for Rovers with two tries to bolster his side's hopes of a top four finish for the first time in 24 years.
Cooke Communications is a privately held company headed by John Kent Cooke, who was a part-owner of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Washington Redskins and the Chrysler building in New York.
Judge Christopher Ball QC said farmer Gary Cooke, 46, of Blackmore, Essex, was "stupid" and a "fool" and said his decision to allow his daughter Elizabeth to ride a "powerful vehicle" on a public road at night was "folly of the highest order".
Clients, contacts and friends joined the Cooke family to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their furniture business.