cooking with gas

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the suggestion, heavily advertised in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that stoves using natural gas as a fuel cook more effectively than, for instance, wood-burning or electric stoves.

Phrase[edit]

cooking with gas

  1. (idiomatic) Functioning particularly effectively; achieving something substantial.
    With the updated software, I was really cooking with gas. I got the project done in half the time.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Grammatically, a use of the "-ing" form of cook + the prepositional phrase "with gas". Together with a form of be this forms a progressive verb predicate. Only rarely are other forms used in this idiomatic sense.

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