Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Fri Sep 13 14:39:17 UTC 2002

I'm writing a piece about the slang term "cooked" - in the sense of
exhausted, tired out, done in. Can anybody tell me whether it is
currently much known in North America? (Researching it online is
more than usually difficult, for obvious reasons.) I've a couple of
examples, one from the New York Times, the other from the Globe &
Mail in Toronto, but from context these might equally have the
sense "be in an inescapably bad situation". Obviously related, but
no cigar.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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