Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A tea party or other function, typically of a grand or official kind.
social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, socialView synonyms
- ‘But this year things seem to have turned with the World Social Forum hardly gaining any coverage because of its increasing irrelevance while the Davos bunfight got almost as much coverage as the Iraqi election.’
- ‘I hope my employers aren't planning to hold a bunfight in a bakery any time soon.’
- ‘The second was a couple of years after that, when we met at some kind of bunfight to promote his 1996 stage reunion with Jack Milroy in their 1960s double act as Glasgow teddy boys Francie and Josie.’
- ‘This year's bunfight was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.’
2A heated argument or exchange.‘a public bunfight has arisen between the authors of the report’
argument, dispute, disagreement, quarrel, row, fight, squabble, difference of opinion, altercation, angry exchange, war of words, shouting match, tiffView synonyms
- ‘Unfortunately, not all newsreader software (the programs you and I use to access newsgroups) can handle this new method, and that's creating a real bunfight in the binaries newsgroups.’
- ‘In his many years as a councillor he has witnessed many intrigues, backstabbings and bunfights at Hull's Guildhall - and his reaction to the latest particularly vicious spat is a weary shrug.’
- ‘There are good reasons for thinking that yesterday's bunfight in Melbourne was little more than the two underdogs snarling and scrapping over the crumbs from the masters' table.’
- ‘Surprisingly enough, some big guns have actually bothered to enter this bunfight, and most of them have profited immensely from taking part.’
- ‘For example, Symantec and McAfee lawyers spent years in the late 90s arguing about the scope of their respective patents for years, and ultimately users end up footing the bill for this legal bunfight.’
- ‘The World Economic Forum, this week's annual bunfight for prime ministers, presidents and corporate kings, has been moved from the Swiss ski resort of Davos to New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.’
- ‘The stakes are just a little higher than the average student bunfight.’
- ‘But seems someone objected to this lobbying of the State's leading philosopher and novelist, and the next thing you know, Country Energy is being dragged into a political bunfight.’
- ‘Well, it sound like it's going to be a bunfight in Australia, but what about the waste we send overseas to be reprocessed in France?’
- ‘I want to deal with the facts and the truth - not to get involved in a bunfight between a panel of MPs.’
- ‘Some parades allow them, most don't - and the ensuing bunfight is as unseemly as the values that brought it about in the first place.’
- ‘The Army's departure is probably going to kick off a huge bunfight for the land - the MoD still owns a huge swathe of property, some of it crumbling, much of it in surprisingly picturesque locations.’
- ‘Nevertheless the exchanges are full and frank and so it must have been in preparation for Monday's trip to Canberra for the Senate committee bunfight.’
- ‘But there is no fight so vigorous as one between comrades, and she proclaimed that she had learned far more from her intellectual bunfights with the Americans than from their ‘dignified’ British counterparts.’
- ‘On the other hand it's a bunfight, everybody's doing their own thing.’
- ‘The mainstream media in NSW is sick of NRMA bunfights so there has been no serious coverage so far on the dozens of candidates who've put their hands up.’
- ‘City made sure there would be no summer bunfight for their man of the moment by signing him outright.’
- ‘My boss is off on maternity leave soon, which is kicking off a dreadful bunfight to do her job while she's away.’
- ‘In Australia, there's an ongoing bunfight between the Auditor-General and the Department of Finance, which exemplifies some of the problems.’
- ‘But in the way it is currently worded, it will just be an absolute bunfight.’
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.