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English definition of “cook sth up”

cook sth up

informal phrasal verb with cook     /kʊk/ verb
to invent a story , plan , etc , usually dishonestly : He arrived late and cooked up some excuse about the bus being late.Inventing, designing and innovationCreating and producing
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