grill

Not all grilling involves fire and delicious food. Sometimes, to grill means to ask a person really intense questions, like when you suspect them of doing something wrong and you want to make them confess the truth.

Ever seen a film where a police officer puts a bright light in a criminal’s face and screams, “Did you do it?” That’s how you grill someone. You have to be tough on him, and not let him off the hook too easily. Being grilled means you are in the “hot seat,” and it’ll feel like you’re cooking from such a close examination. Better to grill than be grilled, but if you get caught — think of an alibi, quick!

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: grill

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vn
cook over a grill
a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate
2
v
examine thoroughly
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: grill
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v cook over a grill

grill the sausages”
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barbecue, barbeque, cook out
cook outdoors on a barbecue grill
hibachi
cook over a hibachi grill
broil, oven broil
cook under a broiler
pan-broil
broil in a pan
Type of:
cook
transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

n a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate

“he cooked hamburgers on the grill
Synonyms:
grille, grillwork
Type of:
framework
a structure supporting or containing something

n a restaurant where food is cooked on a grill

Synonyms:
grillroom
Type of:
eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant
a building where people go to eat
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v examine thoroughly

“the student was grilled for two hours on the subject of phonology”
Type of:
examine
question closely
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