Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] The art or practice of pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety before stopping, especially in politics:‘in any game of brinkmanship, it is possible that one side will collapse suddenly’
- ‘The latest elections should go some way toward arresting a hitherto dangerous game of brinksmanship.’
- ‘The appeasement policies encouraged Hitler, the master of brinkmanship.’
- ‘But in working out his political strategy, he played a dangerous game of political brinkmanship.’
- ‘Its current brinkmanship is the work of a regime in which moderates have little room left to maneuver.’
- ‘But it could be also interpreted as further brinksmanship, designed to hurriedly solve its food and oil shortages.’
- ‘But fans of political intrigue at the highest levels of brinkmanship will likely be happy with this film.’
- ‘But this game of political brinkmanship has already gone too far.’
- ‘I mean, if they're playing brinkmanship, I think they're playing with the wrong guy.’
- ‘Melissa in a game of brinkmanship accused Zork of infidelity which enraged him.’
- ‘But there's a strange niggling as we enter into this new era of musical brinkmanship.’
- ‘The North should rid itself of the illusion that brinkmanship will be effective.’
- ‘David Mamet's cinematic creations are often stylized portraits of greed, betrayal and brinksmanship.’
- ‘In his foreign policy, Clinton often combined brinkmanship with indecision over the use of military force.’
- ‘But in the federal arena, belligerents on both sides are escalating their brinksmanship.’
- ‘But there is a game of brinkmanship going on here too.’
- ‘We will know he cares when he stops playing brinksmanship.’
- ‘I just want to briefly dabble in disaster brinksmanship.’
- ‘Smelling brinksmanship, the media have started piling on.’
- ‘My intervention came in the nick of time, and tested the very limits of his fistfight brinkmanship.’
- ‘Burgundian winemakers revel in this brinkmanship.’
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.