One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An electrical device for making toast.
- ‘Other home appliances on display include cooking ranges, ovens, food processors, vacuum cleaners, electric toasters, water purifiers and other electrical appliances.’
- ‘From blenders and toasters to refrigerators and professional-style oven ranges, stainless steel products are easy to coordinate with each other and lend a modern edge to a kitchen.’
- ‘They are already facing a new European Union directive which requires them to recycle electrical equipment from toasters to computers.’
- ‘I think it'll be of interest to the many of us who have suffered crushing disappointment by the poor performance of their toasters.’
- ‘We pushed the door open and we were almost buried in an avalanche of ancient computer monitors, toasters, electric jugs and bicycle parts.’
- ‘Firstly, I bought an electric toaster, so that I might enjoy the treat of toasted bread and marmalade.’
- ‘The television was regulated to the status of ‘appliance,’ making it just slightly more entertaining than a toaster.’
- ‘Newlyweds normally have a present list that includes crockery and toasters, but a new alternative could see couples giving goat herds to poor countries as wedding gifts.’
- ‘Examples of use of chromium are car bumpers and handles, plating on appliances such as toasters, electric fry pans, and coffee-makers, and handles on ranges and refrigerators.’
- ‘The electric toaster and microwave went into the kitchen.’
- ‘At this point, it is convenient to set out a summary of the enforcement regime in the United Kingdom, and a brief description of what happened in relation to the electric toasters which form the subject matter of this case.’
- ‘If you receive three toasters as wedding presents, it is just too bad.’
- ‘The regulations, which come into effect from August 13, will see an environmental management charge added to the cost of all electrical goods from toasters to televisions.’
- ‘Budding engineers often take apart common devices, such as toasters, and put them back together again to learn how the parts make up a working system.’
- ‘At least marmalade was here but the bread available was little improved by a toaster.’
- ‘Today, something as simple as a scooter, a toaster or a set of turntables take on an almost political meaning thanks to the urgency of these stencilled images.’
- ‘And in California years ago, 20 years ago, we started making energy-efficient appliances from toasters to refrigerators to air conditioners.’
- ‘Instead of using the grill for toast, use an electric toaster.’
- ‘By 1920, when 35 percent of American homes had electricity, devices using resistance-coil heaters like irons and toasters were widely available.’
- ‘He's a complete technophobe, who has difficulty operating any technical gadget invented since 1950; even an electric toaster is a challenge for his technical know-how.’
2A DJ who accompanies reggae with improvised rhythmic speech.
- ‘A young Rastafarian toaster hopes to rise above the trials of his daily life and succeed at a Sound System competition.’
- ‘Through the years, Shara Nelson, Tricky, Tracy Thorn, Liz Fraser and reggae toaster Horace Andy have all been an integral part of Massive Attack's evolving sound.’
- ‘The 1970's Jamaican DJ toaster URoy accompanies Toots on track 11, Never Grow Old.’
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