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cook with gas

slang To have success in a particular activity. Once we dislodge that piece, we might cook with gas on this repair. That's a great idea—now you're cooking with gas!
See also: cook, gas

cooking with gas

slang Having success in a particular activity. Once we dislodged that piece, we were really cooking with gas on this repair. That's a great idea—now you're cooking with gas!
See also: cook, gas
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cooking with gas

doing [something] exactly right. That's great! Now you're cooking with gas! I knew she was finally cooking with gas when she answered all the questions correctly.
See also: cook, gas
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cook with gas

Also, cook on the front burner. Do very well, make rapid progress. For example, The first half is finished already? Now you're cooking with gas, or Two promotions in two years-she's really cooking on the front burner! The first of these metaphoric phrases alludes to gas stoves, which began to replace slower wood-burning stoves about 1915. The variant, which alludes to something on a stove's front burner receiving more attention, is heard less often today. [Slang; 1940s] Also see back burner.
See also: cook, gas
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cooking with gas

in. doing exactly right. (Always with -ing.) That’s great! Now you’re cooking with gas!
See also: cook, gas
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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