Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A defensive action carried out by a retreating army:‘the troops remaining in the islands fought a bitter rearguard action’figurative ‘women cadets are fighting a rearguard action for their cause’
- ‘With City happy to put men behind the ball and fight a valiant rearguard action, the onus was on Scunthorpe to find a way through.’
- ‘During the 1924 retreat from Chaouen to Tétouan in west Morocco, a disaster even greater than Anual, it fought a month-long rearguard action under Franco.’
- ‘Over the next 20 years Broughton fought a rearguard action in defence of his church, while at the same time he worked creatively to establish a new basis for its financial support and governance.’
- ‘By the first week in January 1945, the German onslaught had been stopped and the Wehrmacht was fighting a desperate rearguard action.’
- ‘That said it was all hands to the pump all the way for Newbridge, as they fought out a desperate rearguard action interrupted by sporadic breaks by Cleare and Carr and some excellent line kicking by Ahearne.’
- ‘The announcement represented a victory for defence chiefs who fought a fierce rearguard action against any change of policy.’
- ‘These are probably people left over from the old regime who are simply fighting a rearguard action.’
- ‘After the Glorious Revolution he was made a Jacobite duke, fought at the Boyne, carried on the rearguard action, and died in Limerick just before it was forced to capitulate.’
- ‘The EU and US have betrayed their promises to reform trade rules to promote development and poor countries have had to fight a rearguard action simply to keep some of their issues on the table.’
- ‘And all the time we seem to be fighting a rearguard action to stay in business and remain competitive with others who don't have to accept the same sort of system as we 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.