English In Use – Crooking With Gas

Phrases from stories in the news. They use English in a way that you might think is intended to confuse but it’s usually perfectly clear to the native speaker.

News Headline - Crooking with Gas


The Sun came up with this headline when it was revealed that energy companies in the UK  have been lying about the huge profits they make.  A government investigation is underway into the tariffs that energy suppliers charge British consumers.  

The phrase, “Now You’re Cooking With Gas” was supposedly first used as part of an ad campaign in the US from the era when gas stoves first started replacing wood stoves for cooking in the home. It is now used to indicate you are making good progress in a task.

For example: I am running two English sessions a day again, I’m really cooking with gas.

The Sun replaced “Cooking” with “Crooking”. A crook is a criminal.


I am a director of the Learn English Network. A non-profit organisation registered in the UK dedicated to helping people learning English and people who teach English online.

Learn English 2020