shake and bake

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the brand name Shake 'n Bake, a powdered seasoning.

Noun[edit]

shake and bake (uncountable)

  1. Something fast, or easy to use or perform; a simple, crude object or action.
    • 2001, Philip Ball, Molecules: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2003, p. 24:
      Yet, until the last few decades of the twentieth century, the approach that Levi describes, which chemists like to call ‘shake and bake’, was often the best they could do.

Adjective[edit]

shake and bake (comparative more shake and bake, superlative most shake and bake)

  1. Crude, unsophisticated; not professionally done, improvised.