Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
verbin phrase over-egg the pudding
Go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something.‘if you're telling fibs, keep them simple—never over-egg the pudding’
- ‘Or is the good vicar over-egging the pudding, to coin a phrase?’
- ‘We over-egged the pudding, perhaps once it started, and we suffered a sales problem because of it.’
- ‘The other main gripe of the research posse is the tendency of IT suppliers to over-egg the pudding.’
- ‘IBM may be over-egging the pudding in its claims about this sector.’
- ‘However, she goes on to over-egg the pudding with some statements that are just plain silly and call her conclusions into question.’
- ‘But here in Colchester, the Trust that runs the town's NHS hospitals thinks that approach is over-egging the pudding.’
- ‘At the risk of over-egging the pudding, this is because interest was charged for every day you borrowed the money from January 1.’
- ‘The Scotland coach has the twin task of persuading the public to come out to pay and his players to come out of their shells, but it is still possible that he is over-egging the pudding just a little.’
- ‘The arrangements are full of interesting sounds like music box, berimbau and glockenspiel without ever over-egging the pudding or resorting to gratuitous novelty.’
- ‘In any case, it is over-egging the pudding somewhat to suggest that last season was as dire as many may have suggested.’
- ‘The biggest challenge he faces is chefs who literally over-egg the pudding with complicated concoctions.’
- ‘He has slightly over-egged the pudding with an extraordinary amount of detail, presumably the result of months spent hanging around at catwalk presentations and after-show parties.’
- ‘You are over-egging the pudding, if you'll pardon my pun.’
- ‘Heaven forbid that I should over-egg the pudding.’
- ‘I thought this was slightly over-egging the pudding.’
- ‘To say I had a spring in my step would be over-egging the pudding but I might well have done if I'd been wearing what I believe are known as ‘trainers’ rather than Oxford brogues.’
- ‘One problem here is the Italian tradition of over-egging the pudding: never use one strong adjective when three will do.’
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.