Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A high tightrope.
- ‘He watches with benign cynicism as Charles walks the high wire.’
- ‘We actually sell a 40 denier nylon tricot fabric that we sell the Las Vegas high wire acts for use as a visual fabric.’
- ‘Ahern is the country's best-known high wire act.’
- ‘The girls look down from the high wire riding bicycles across the taut cable toward each other.’
- ‘Loretta Bailey, especially, who tackles Maria with a flighty charm, is performing on a very high wire.’
- ‘Three tubes branch from a cantilevered I-beam like an acrobat on a high wire to support the roof at the west corner.’
- ‘‘I'm sure we will occasionally make a mistake,’ he says, ‘but if you've got a good safety net, you can do somersaults on the high wire.’’
- ‘Unfortunately, artistic director Rigot could not appear in his usual role of high wire artist because of an injury.’
- ‘If we're talking fun, I want to see dancing zebras and high wire acts.’
- ‘She just stood there, her arms out at near shoulder level, like she was balancing on a high wire, her breath all sucked in.’
- ‘There are no second chances when walking the high wire, playing Russian roulette or competing in the Heineken Cup.’
- ‘When he looked down from the high wire, the safety net had gone.’
- ‘I think Blondin, your man who walked across Niagara Falls on a high wire 145 years ago, would have been proud of me.’
- ‘A look of doubt appears in his eyes and he is like a man on a high wire who looks down and takes fright and begins to wobble.’
- ‘This is not a momentary wobble: at this point the acrobat has slipped off the high wire altogether and brought the show to a tragic halt.’
- 1.1as modifier Denoting an activity requiring great skill or judgement.‘the high-wire act performed daily by many mental health workers’
- ‘I did other things that seemed like challenges for me because I like being on the high wire.’
- ‘But far from being ‘thoroughly entwined’, as one journalist had described them, it's clear almost from the outset their relationship was a high wire act.’
- ‘America's reliance on foreign capital is a balancing act on a very high wire.’
- ‘We've been impressive while walking the high wire.’
- ‘‘I'm walking a high wire,’ confesses Brandt, when we pressed him about the consequences for fair use.’
- ‘With protocols you tend to be drawn into all-or-nothing high wire acts of perfect adherence in at least some aspects of your design.’
- ‘It's like working on the high wire without a net, or a leap in the dark - with a pair of scissors… and a can of gasoline.’
- ‘The Prime Minister has just fallen off the high wire.’
- ‘For a film that starts out slowly, Red Lights spends the better part of its final hour generating more tension than a high wire act without a net.’
- ‘Federal assistance provides no safety net either, as parents walk the higher education financial high wire.’
- ‘Anyway, no more high wire acrobatics for me for awhile.’
- ‘There's too much weight on the dark side of the scales and my mind is performing an insane juggling act on a high wire with no net beneath me.’
- ‘Both were nutshells on a high wire, not getting anywhere but in the way.’
- ‘‘America's reliance on foreign capital,’ he writes, ‘is a balancing act on a very high wire.’’
- ‘He has tremendous personal charisma and he performed a high wire political act that was irresistible to the media.’
- ‘But it is now a very high wire act and will involve not inconsiderable expense for shareholders.’
- ‘Walking the high wire between these two disciplines is what makes Jahn's latest work harder to classify, but more powerful.’
- ‘Issuing an originating process one day before the expiry of a limitation period is a risky high wire act.’
- ‘And as this troupe climbs the high wire of fame it aims to keep the hometown crowd happy.’
- ‘Doing so he evinces the sort of suave, unflappable attitude that comes in handy when you are strolling along a high wire without a net.’
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.