Other forms: grilled; grills

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!

Definitions of grill
  1. noun
    a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate
    “he cooked hamburgers on the grill
    synonyms: grille, grillwork
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    type of:
    a structure supporting or containing something
  2. noun
    a restaurant where food is cooked on a grill
    synonyms: grillroom
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    type of:
    eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant
    a building where people go to eat
  3. verb
    cook over a grill
    grill the sausages”
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    barbecue, barbeque, cook out
    cook outdoors on a barbecue grill
    cook over a hibachi grill
    broil, oven broil
    cook under a broiler
    broil in a pan
    type of:
    transform and make suitable for consumption by heating
  4. verb
    examine thoroughly
    “the student was grilled for two hours on the subject of phonology”
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    type of:
    question closely




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