cook up v.
1. to tamper with, to falsify; thus n. cook-up, an act of cheating.
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 725: Some falsified printed accounts, artfully cooked up, on purpose to mislead and deceive.|
|Torchy 238: He’s quittin’ because he’s too straight to cook up the books the way you told him.|
|in Democrat & Chron. (Rochester, NY) 11 Apr. 38/6: As he put it, ‘everybody is happy over the result , and any talk of a “cook-up” will do the game no good’.|
2. to invent.
|Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 49: Their cook’d up story had not, it is probable, pass’d so smoothly.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 12: But yet, an imp, can always see, / Cooking some mischief up for me.|
|Works (1794) I 253: I’ve cook’d up a Petition.‘The Lousiad’|
|Works (1801) V 101: The doul’s in’t if he can’t cook up Zomethin that’s short and zweet.‘Royal Visit to Exeter’|
|St Ronan’s Well (1833) 296: No man like you for stealing other men’s inventions, and cooking them up in your own way.|
|Paul Clifford II 41: You have only to say the word, and the Cabinet can cook up an embassy to Owhyhee, and send Raffden there.|
|Clockmaker I 171: I had no art nor part in it. It was cooked up at that ’ere Convention, at Town Hall.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Dec. 2/4: [headline] The schuylkill banger garroting crowd [...] an alibi to be cooked up.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 97: We cooked up a scheme.|
|Out for the Coin 76: I was trying to cook up a chance to hand a line of talk to de main Stake.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 82: He had been in the private Lair of the Sure-Thingers when they were cooking up some new Method of collecting much Income.|
|Clicking of Cuthbert 107: It’s just the sort of scheme he would cook up.|
|‘Tight Spot’ in Complete Stories 15 Sept. [Internet] I don’t know the kind of a job you’ve been cooking up.|
|Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 48: I don’t know who cooked it up.‘Boil Some Water’ in|
|Quality of Violence (1978) 23: Biddy! I know what you’re cooking up. It’s a pack of lies. It’s a heap of silly dreams.|
|Pimp 113: I’ll go in and cook up something.|
|Poor Fellow My Country 614: What you cookin’ up with old Billy?|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 82: He cooked up a scheme [...] to sell Les a house.|
|Skin Tight 178: He kept cooking up lame excuses for postponing Heather’s elaborate cosmetic surgery.|
|Night People 171: I don’t believe that. This is somethin’ your daddy cooked up, isn’t it?|
|I, Fatty 98: I already told you about helping to cook up the whole tramp thing.|
3. to counterfeit, to forge.
|Paul Pry 30 Sept. 181/3: This man cooked up a love diary of George the Fourth’s tricks with the Marchioness of Conyngham.|
4. to happen, to develop.
|Gay-cat 274: I see’d the mischief cookin’ up an’ I did nothin’ to stop it.|
|Ten Detective Aces Dec. [Internet] You heard things were cookin’ up.‘Fifty-Grand Funeral’ in|
5. to manufacture or prepare drugs.
(a) to prepare opium for smoking.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 54: Cook Up. – [...] To prepare opium for smoking.|
|Fast One (1936) 20: I was about to cook up a couple loads [...] I’m down to two pipes every other day.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 57: cook up a pill [...] cook up one To prepare a pill for opium smoking.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 795: cook up – Prepare opium for smoking.|
(b) (US Und.) to boil nitroglycerine out of dynamite.
|Keys to Crookdom 77: ‘Cooking up’ nitroglycerin in the hobo ‘jungles’ is now an everyday occurrence.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(c) to prepare an injection of a narcotic drug, usu. heroin, by heating a measure of the powdered drug plus some water in a teaspoon or bottle cap.
|Hop-Heads 17: Dawson Sue lost no time in ‘cooking up a shot’ for her company.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 136: I think we’d better cook up a shot just to see if the stuff is all right.|
|Men of the Und. 214: I’d cook up four caps for a single shot.Women’s Home Companion June in Hamilton|
|Junkie (1966) 37: Junk is cooked up in a spoon and sucked into the dropper through a little piece of cotton.|
|Scene (1996) 39: Marsha Lee thought of cooking up four things instead of six.|
|Addict in the Street (1966) 28: When you cook the stuff [...] You measure out the heroin into the water, light a match, and cook it up.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 74: I was just cooking up, ready to get off.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 9: She cooked up her dope in a large bottle top. [Ibid.] 78: I used to watch him cook up that stuff.|
|Ringolevio 43: Solly and O’Keefe cooked their stuff up in a bottle cap.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 66: She cooked up a spoon and drew a shot up into the dropper.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 175: I went to cook up my usual fix.‘The Law of Retribution’ in|
|Trainspotting 10: Johnny even helped Sick Boy tae cook up and shoot home.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] Me lighter is running short on juice, but there should be enough left to cook up this shot.|
|Mr Blue 364: Three were still in the cell cooking up.|
|Grits 22: Ee cooks up a shot while Bill drools and twitches in is seat.|
|Life 408: I’m cooking up the spoon.|
|The Force [ebook] [C]hasing the people out in the hope that some junkie cooking up will burn it down and he can collect the insurance.|
(d) to turn cocaine into freebase by heating it up [see freebase v.].
|Candy 73: Tucker [...] didn’t actually know how to cook it [i.e. cocaine] up.|
(e) to make crack cocaine from cocaine hydrochloride base.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 59: He ignores him, partly because he must cook up more crack.|
|Crackhouse 74: Even the big-time coke man [...] even the one selling keys is selling cooked-up stuff more.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 6: Cooking up — To process powdered cocaine into crack.|
(f) to manufacture methamphetamine.
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 108: They cook up speed in those shacks.|
|Snitch Jacket 87: They taught me [...] to cook up meth in a Motel 6 sink.|
|‘Calico County’ [lyrics] Have a case of cold pill / [...] / Hydrochloric acid / [...] / That’s the way we cook it up / In Calico County.|
6. to make.
|It’s Up to You 41: When do you expect to get those glad garments cooked up?|
|Stevedore II iii: These niggers are cooking up some trouble, officer.|
|(con. WWII) Hollywoodland (1981) 89: Another mysterious invention the Sponsors cooked up at the lab.|
7. (US black) to enjoy oneself, to have a good time [cook v.1 (16)].
|Juba to Jive 111: Cook up (1930s–1950s) [...] to get in the swing of things [...] getting in the groove.|
(drugs) to prepare a pipe of opium.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(US) to advocate enthusiastically.
|in Sweet Daddy 43: And I’m not cooking up a storm for H.|
(US) to defeat comprehensively.
|Violent Night n.p.: If you want to get back at him, here’s your chance. You can cook him up brown.|
(US campus) to ‘neck’ with, to pet.
|Sl. U. 62: I cooked up with her at the party.|