Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A thing serving to hold something else in place.‘a curtain holdback’
- ‘Third, the aircraft was stuck because they tried to taxi it clear with the holdback still in tension.’
- ‘Fortunately, the holdback fitting managed to stay attached throughout our 100-plus-mile trip from Washington, as well as our 8,000 feet of landing rollout.’
- ‘And in that spirit, I'm going to be spending a bit of time putting up various hooks to hang mobiles, curtain holdbacks, etc.’
- ‘Most manufacturers make it possible to mix and match poles, drapery rings, decorative finials and holdbacks in a variety of finishes - from white and ebony to antique gold, brass and copper.’
- ‘When the holdback fitting released and my jet exploded forward, my hand, out of surprise, inexperience or fear, grabbed the top of the stick.’
- ‘Be sure to attach to a drapery holdback that is secured to the wall.’
2A sum of money withheld under certain conditions.
- ‘The City submits that the full amount of the holdback should be credited to the City.’
- ‘The only holdbacks are for deficiencies and for work not completed.’
- ‘The holdback is 2 or 3 percent of the total purchase price of the car.’
- ‘In other words, only for the requisite 10% holdback.’
- ‘This holdback is only payable to members of the executive council if the public accounts for that year show that the budget targets were achieved.’
- ‘And we recommend at least a 10 percent holdback.’
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.