Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] (especially in the context of health-care funding) the practice of focusing on the potentially negative effects of a particular policy in order to influence public opinion.‘he accused Labour councils of shroud-waving over spending cuts’[as modifier] ‘the government's shroud-waving critics’
- ‘But the NHS already has its bid in, with shroud-waving warnings of future black holes catching BBC headlines last week.’
- ‘Until then, the danger is not Tory shroud-waving or Lib Dem posturing but Labour doubt.’
- ‘If they could be destroyed in days or weeks and the hungry fed, I would plead guilty to every charge of alarmism and shroud-waving.’
- ‘"This is not shroud-waving," he pointed out.’
- ‘But at least, they assume, the reward will be a grateful NHS with no trouble from shroud-waving nurses and doctors.’
- ‘He looks a bit like one of those people off the old shroud-waving kinds of American crime shows, chasing one little ambulance after another.’
- ‘Many decent doctors blench at the crude and dishonest shroud-waving carried out in their name.’
- ‘Privatisation contracts are already being refinanced and sold in the market, leaving hospital owners with no long-term responsibility for care and managers "shroud-waving" at ministers for extra money.’
- ‘So the member should stop ambulance-chasing and shroud-waving, because that is all it is.’
- ‘Maybe we grew too ready to ignore the shroud-waving politicians and doom-mongering police chiefs.’
- ‘Yet he was not above his own shroud-waving, warning that any cut in his budget would be "exploited".’
- ‘The years that followed were sour with complaints of underfunded public services, shroud-waving health providers and food banks.’
- ‘He was clearly thinking that he would rather deal with factory closures than the ambulance chasing and shroud-waving which characterises most political debate and media coverage of Health in this country.’
- ‘One hesitates to do the shroud-waving argument, but we survive because we haven't had any big outbreaks.’
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.