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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.
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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.
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slang Subjected to the taunts, criticism, and banter of someone or some group of people, especially for comedic effect. I love watching famous people get roasted! Man, you were roasted by that girl! We need to call an ambulance for those burns!
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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


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.


mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was stewed, roasted, and boiled.
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The Harissa Roast chicken will be available at more than 1,600 Chooks-to-Go outlets nationwide, starting September 22.
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Swap your classic lamb for this spiced version in a new twist - it's great alongside a bowl of herby couscous or cumin-dusted roast potatoes.
The research found that sitting down to a roast at 3pm and having a nap after was our favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
A poll of 2,000 found the dream Sunday feast - roast chicken, stuffing, roast potatoes, broccoli and peas all awash in gravy - should be dished up 3pm.
Alternatively, inmates were able to have halal roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or a vegetarian crumble bake.
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Field Roast (ISBN 978-0-7382-1959-2) is a 228-page hard cover book with gorgeous photos.
Since I can more easily control the temperature, I've switched from stovetop braising to oven braising, and even leave the house for a couple of hours as my roast braises happily in my oven, like a crockpot.
They even come served with roast potatoes - if you want to recreate the complete taste of a roast dinner.
"Because of technology, we can produce and track how quickly or slowly we roast the coffee beans, to get the best flavour possible out of each bean," said David Kramer, national sales manager, Neuhaus Neotec USA, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Our Honduras whole coffee beans go through a meticulous selection process before they are even roasted. The defective ones are removed and only the finest beans are chosen.