"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Done to a turn

When meat is described as being ‘done to a turn’ it simply means it is adequately cooked.

The phrase comes from the days when meat was cooked on a revolving spit over an open fire. Once one side was cooked the spit was turned to cook another side – so the first side was ‘done to a turn’.

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