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Be toast

sliced bread that has been browned by dry heat.
to brown, as bread or cheese, by exposure to heat.
to heat or warm thoroughly at a fire:
She toasted her feet at the fireplace.
to become toasted.
be toast, Slang. to be doomed, ruined, or in trouble:
If you’re late to work again, you’re toast!
sliced bread browned by exposure to heat, usually under a grill, over a fire, or in a toaster
(informal) be toast, to face certain destruction or defeat
(transitive) to brown under a grill or over a fire: to toast cheese
to warm or be warmed in a similar manner: to toast one’s hands by the fire
a tribute or proposal of health, success, etc, given to a person or thing by a company of people and marked by raising glasses and drinking together
a person or thing honoured by such a tribute or proposal
(esp formerly) an attractive woman to whom such tributes are frequently made: she was the toast of the town
to propose or drink a toast to (a person or thing)
(intransitive) to add vocal effects to a prerecorded track: a disc-jockey technique See also rap1 (sense 6)

“to brown with heat,” late 14c., from Old French toster “to toast or grill” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tostare (source of Italian tostare, Spanish tostar), frequentative of Latin torrere (past participle tostus) “to parch” (see terrain). Related: Toasted; toasting.

“to propose or drink a toast,” 1700, from toast (n.1). This probably is the source of the Jamaican and U.S. black word meaning “extemporaneous narrative poem or rap” (1962). Related: Toasted; toasting.

“a call to drink to someone’s health,” 1700 (but said by Steele, 1709, to date to the reign of Charles II), originally referring to the beautiful or popular woman whose health is proposed and drunk, from the use of spiced toast (n.2) to flavor drink, the lady regarded as figuratively adding piquancy to the wine in which her health was drunk.

“a toasted piece of bread,” early 15c., from toast (v.1); slang meaning “a goner, person or thing already doomed or destroyed” is recorded by 1987, perhaps from notion of computer circuits being “fried,” and with unconscious echoes of earlier figurative phrase to be had on toast (1886) “to be served up for eating.”


A repellent person; asshole: The only time you want the guy to ask first is if he’s a toad (1568+)

Related Terms

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see: warm as toast


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