Is there any idiom/expression for that?

Example sentence:

Their dinner today was the curry rice she had __ after work.

  • what about "knocked up"? How formal? Sep 9, 2017 at 7:05
  • @marcellothearcane it can be informal.
    – alex
    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:06
  • @marcellothearcane I thought to "knock up" meant to make someone pregnant.
    – alex
    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:06
  • yeah, that as well. but it can also mean to hastily make (probably a britishism) Sep 9, 2017 at 7:07

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You could use rustle up: to make, find or prepare something quickly.

Their dinner today was the curry rice she had rustled up after work

Or throw together: to make something quickly because you do not have much time.

Their dinner today was the curry rice she had thrown together after work

Or cobble together: to produce something roughly or quickly. (This has the sense that dinner was assembled from a set of ingredients that might not have been ideal.)

Their dinner today was the curry rice she had cobbled together after work.

  • Together is the operative word. You can use many different “quick” motion verbs with it to indicate “hastily made”, including throw, toss, cobble, slap, bodge, botch, tack, stick, sling, and fling. Another synonym that comes to mind is jury-rig / jerry-rig; and for adjectives, there are also slapdash, slipshod, and haphazard (e.g. a slapdash job or haphazardly assembled).
    – Jon Purdy
    Sep 9, 2017 at 13:01

How about to concoct ? sometimes it's used in a way to describe a hurried creation, without much prior thought or planning.

"I concocted a meal of pasta and chicken with cheese on top for my unexpected dinner guests tonight."

p.s. how do you make a sentence appear with a yellow background ? ^^

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