Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A fuss or commotion:‘she would be sure to make a song and dance about her aching feet’
fuss, fuss and bother, bother, commotion, trouble, rigmarole, folderol, ado, potherpalaver, performance, to-do, carry-on, carrying-on, kerfuffle, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, ballyhoo, business, pantomime, hooplatamashabobsy-dieView synonyms
- ‘The fact that he has to make a song and dance about it shows how far policing has moved away from what it should be doing.’
- ‘Which is another reason why Orman was determined not to make a song and dance about his seizure.’
- ‘So if there's a chance for a regional city to make a song and dance about their local talent, then let them milk it for all it's worth.’
- ‘Even some investigating agencies make a song and dance about their findings and jail persons only to be acquitted later.’
- ‘They don't make a song and dance about it; they just do it.’
- ‘People who have lived in the Dales for a long time know it's a lovely place and tend not to make a song and dance about it.’
- ‘Annabelle isn't one to make a song and dance about what she's doing, and she would go off doing all sorts of treks and endurance trails.’
- ‘But if others are going to make a song and dance about the levels of Scottish support, he is duty bound to respond.’
- ‘The latest group of entertainers to make a song and dance about their plight are actors, or ‘theatre practitioners’ as they must now be called.’
- ‘When a British suburbanite sets off with a shotgun to see his ex-wife he doesn't make a song and dance about it.’
- 1.1North American A long explanation that is pointless or deliberately evasive.
- ‘It was a song and dance that he had heard many times before.’
- ‘With nothing to go on but a song and dance from Kelley, most are loathe to give it more than a 7 or 8 share.’
- ‘I did what I could, but his attorney did a song and dance you wouldn't believe.’
- ‘It was a song and dance the two frequently engaged in.’
- ‘We all deserve answers, not a song and dance about how hard the police work and how they don't get no respect.’
- ‘Regan didn't make a song and dance about getting drunk all the time.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.