One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pour juices or melted fat over (meat) during cooking in order to keep it moist.
- ‘You should not remove all fat from a roasting joint, as it helps to flavour and baste the meat as it cooks.’
- ‘If the directions say to baste the meat or vegetables in oil or drippings, use wine, fruit juice, vegetable juice or fat-free vegetable broth instead.’
- ‘Don't forget to continue to baste the meat with the surrounding liquid.’
- ‘Always heat your marinades before basting meat or poultry.’
- ‘While I basted the meat, the staff rushed out to see the smoke rising from the chimney.’
- ‘Place the squab on the grill and baste with the barbecue sauce halfway through the cooking process.’
- ‘While you're grilling, take some of the boiled marinade and baste the steak with it.’
- ‘You won't need to baste the meat as it cooks, but it is a good idea to toss the potatoes around half way through cooking, so that they turn golden and sticky on both sides.’
- ‘You want to look for a brisket with the most fat, because it protects and bastes the meat naturally.’
- ‘Open the oven door, remove the chicken and baste it with the juices in the tin.’
- ‘As you only need to baste the meat once or twice during this time, you can pour yourself a drink and have a bath.’
- ‘Mop sauce gets its name from a utensil similar to a small string mop that the chuck wagon cook would use to baste meats, literally mopping on the sauce while cooking.’
- ‘Remove the hot pot from the oven, take off the lid and carefully baste some of the juices over the potatoes and season with a little salt and pepper.’
- ‘You've got to rub the bird with butter, baste it with pan juices occasionally and rotate it in the pan to make the skin burnish up just so.’
- ‘The grilled eggplant slices and potato were basted with freshly cooked juice of tomato and beef jam and covered with a thick layer of hot cheese.’
- ‘Fat-tailed sheep (of lamb age or older) are highly valued, and are often roasted with the tail intact, curved over the body to display it and to help baste the meat.’
- ‘Different from Japanese, Korean and Brazilian barbecue, Thai cuisine bastes food with sauce before grilling, so that it can be absorbed well making the food more spicy.’
- ‘Add butter, thyme and garlic; baste sweetbreads with butter for one minute.’
- ‘Thus, every half hour or so, open the oven and baste the chicken with juices from the pan.’
- ‘Halfway through, remove the pan from the oven and spoon over the juices to baste the tomatoes.’
Late 15th century: of unknown origin.
Tack with long, loose stitches in preparation for sewing.
sew, tack, seam, hemView synonyms
- ‘The ribs have a tendency to slip, so pin or baste well prior to stitching the seams.’
- ‘Firmly baste, too; none of your enormous floppysloppy basting stitches that look like someone left a skipping rope lying around.’
- ‘Complete the skirt to the same point, basting the hem in place (use silk thread on polyester fabrics to avoid imprints).’
- ‘Substitute basting tape or basting-adhesive glue stick for basting stitches whenever practical, even for holding zippers in place.’
- ‘Turn the lining inside out to enclose seams and baste the lining loose edges to the suit front at the leg openings, neckline and armholes.’
Late Middle English: from Old French bastir ‘sew lightly’, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to bast.
verb[with object]dated, informal
Beat (someone) soundly; thrash.‘go baste him one!’
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- ‘They basted him for his labour, kept him prisoner.’
- ‘With that, my father took a stick and basted me.’
- ‘If she had had an umbrella she would have basted him over the head with it.’
- ‘But then he wrote to me again, and accused me of avoiding meeting him, and when I took him to task on this, he hand basted me again, so I refused to answer the letter.’
- ‘He was more mortified at that, than the feeling of the pain and he did not moan no matter how hard they basted him.’
Mid 16th century: perhaps a figurative use of baste.
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