Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cook up v.

[ext. of cook v.1 ]

1. to tamper with, to falsify; thus n. cook-up, an act of cheating.

[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 725: Some falsified printed accounts, artfully cooked up, on purpose to mislead and deceive.
[US]S. Ford Torchy 238: He’s quittin’ because he’s too straight to cook up the books the way you told him.
D. Runyon 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.

[UK]Cleland Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 49: Their cook’d up story had not, it is probable, pass’d so smoothly.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 12: But yet, an imp, can always see, / Cooking some mischief up for me.
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘The Lousiad’ Works (1794) I 253: I’ve cook’d up a Petition.
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Royal Visit to Exeter’ Works (1801) V 101: The doul’s in’t if he can’t cook up Zomethin that’s short and zweet.
[UK]W. Scott St Ronan’s Well (1833) 296: No man like you for stealing other men’s inventions, and cooking them up in your own way.
[UK]Lytton 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.
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker I 171: I had no art nor part in it. It was cooked up at that ’ere Convention, at Town Hall.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Dec. 2/4: [headline] The schuylkill banger garroting crowd [...] an alibi to be cooked up.
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 97: We cooked up a scheme.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ Out for the Coin 76: I was trying to cook up a chance to hand a line of talk to de main Stake.
[US]Ade 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.
[UK]Wodehouse Clicking of Cuthbert 107: It’s just the sort of scheme he would cook up.
C.S. Montanye ‘Tight Spot’ in Complete Stories 15 Sept. [Internet] I don’t know the kind of a job you’ve been cooking up.
[US]F.S. Fitzgerald ‘Boil Some Water’ in Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 48: I don’t know who cooked it up.
[UK]A. Salkey 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.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 113: I’ll go in and cook up something.
[Aus]X. Herbert Poor Fellow My Country 614: What you cookin’ up with old Billy?
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 82: He cooked up a scheme [...] to sell Les a house.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 178: He kept cooking up lame excuses for postponing Heather’s elaborate cosmetic surgery.
[US]B. Gifford Night People 171: I don’t believe that. This is somethin’ your daddy cooked up, isn’t it?
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 98: I already told you about helping to cook up the whole tramp thing.

3. to counterfeit, to forge.

[UK]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.

[US]P. & T. Casey Gay-cat 274: I see’d the mischief cookin’ up an’ I did nothin’ to stop it.
[US]D.X. Manners ‘Fifty-Grand Funeral’ in Ten Detective Aces Dec. [Internet] You heard things were cookin’ up.

5. to manufacture or prepare drugs.

(a) to prepare opium for smoking.

[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 54: Cook Up. – [...] To prepare opium for smoking.
[US]‘Paul Cain’ Fast One (1936) 20: I was about to cook up a couple loads [...] I’m down to two pipes every other day.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 57: cook up a pill [...] cook up one To prepare a pill for opium smoking.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 795: cook up – Prepare opium for smoking.

(b) (US Und.) to boil nitroglycerine out of dynamite.

[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 77: ‘Cooking up’ nitroglycerin in the hobo ‘jungles’ is now an everyday occurrence.
[US]Monteleone 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.

[US]F. Williams Hop-Heads 17: Dawson Sue lost no time in ‘cooking up a shot’ for her company.
[US]J. Black You Can’t Win (2000) 136: I think we’d better cook up a shot just to see if the stuff is all right.
[US]Whitman Women’s Home Companion June in Hamilton Men of the Und. 214: I’d cook up four caps for a single shot.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 37: Junk is cooked up in a spoon and sucked into the dropper through a little piece of cotton.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 39: Marsha Lee thought of cooking up four things instead of six.
[US]Larner & Tefferteller 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.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 74: I was just cooking up, ready to get off.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 9: She cooked up her dope in a large bottle top. [Ibid.] 78: I used to watch him cook up that stuff.
[US]E. Grogan Ringolevio 43: Solly and O’Keefe cooked their stuff up in a bottle cap.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 66: She cooked up a spoon and drew a shot up into the dropper.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) H. Huncke ‘The Law of Retribution’ in Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 175: I went to cook up my usual fix.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 10: Johnny even helped Sick Boy tae cook up and shoot home.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] Me lighter is running short on juice, but there should be enough left to cook up this shot.
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 364: Three were still in the cell cooking up.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 22: Ee cooks up a shot while Bill drools and twitches in is seat.
[UK]K. Richards Life 408: I’m cooking up the spoon.
[US]D. Winslow 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.].

[Aus]L. Davies Candy 73: Tucker [...] didn’t actually know how to cook it [i.e. cocaine] up.

(e) to make crack cocaine from cocaine hydrochloride base.

[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 59: He ignores him, partly because he must cook up more crack.
[US]T. Williams Crackhouse 74: Even the big-time coke man [...] even the one selling keys is selling cooked-up stuff more.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 6: Cooking up — To process powdered cocaine into crack.

(f) to manufacture methamphetamine.

[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 108: They cook up speed in those shacks.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 87: They taught me [...] to cook up meth in a Motel 6 sink.
[US]S. Earle ‘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.

[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ It’s Up to You 41: When do you expect to get those glad garments cooked up?
[UK]Peters & Sklar Stevedore II iii: These niggers are cooking up some trouble, officer.
[US](con. WWII) T. Sanchez 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)].

[US]C. Major Juba to Jive 111: Cook up (1930s–1950s) [...] to get in the swing of things [...] getting in the groove.

In phrases

cook up a storm (v.)

(US) to advocate enthusiastically.

[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 43: And I’m not cooking up a storm for H.