What is the meaning of cooking with gas in the following context?

One of my software developer colleauges said this:

So assuming we have latest Venus, once we have a RateEstimate UiDef present on local, the new Broker in our local Partner Service and a Manifest for that new Broker in the workflow service ... we should be cooking with gas


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I understand it to mean that things are now progressing well.

The two ways that people normally cook in their home are with electricity, or gas. I'm no expert but the benefits of gas are that the heat is instant and constant, whereas electric elements take time to warm up and cool down. Gas is therefore considered to be faster and more efficient.

So when someone figuratively says "we're cooking with/on gas now!" it is generally understood to mean that things are progressing, and perhaps quickly.

I notice that it is especially used when perhaps something has had a slow start but now has momentum.

(I am a native British English speaker)

  • People also cooked with wood-burning stoves.
    – TimR
    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:27
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo yes they did, but I didn't want to get too side-tracked with the history of the stove.
    – Astralbee
    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:13
  • You got sidetracked comparing gas to electricity :)
    – TimR
    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:54
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo I feel one example is useful, two would be a distraction.
    – Astralbee
    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:57

It means you are doing just right thing!

So, the person means to say that given the condition, you people will be doing the right thing that would lead to success.

References are here.

Another variation is: cooking on gas.

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