cook out(redirected from a cookout)
1. verb To cook food outside, as on a grill. We should cook out on such a beautiful night.
2. verb To remove something from something else by applying heat. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cook" and "out." Take that pan off the stove before you cook all the juices out of the meat.
3. noun A barbecue. When used as a noun, the phrase is typically written as one word. Are you going to the Smiths' Memorial Day cookout?
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cook (something) out
to cook food out of doors. Shall we cook out some chicken tonight? Yes, let's cook out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To extract or remove something from something, such as food, by heating: The chef cooked the flavor out of the vegetables. We cooked out the juices from the meat on the grill.
2. To cook and eat food outdoors: Let's cook out for the Fourth of July.
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