Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1British A device fixed to the exhaust of a motor vehicle to reduce engine noise.
- ‘One day between Collooney and Ballisodare, a driver of McGowan's lost the exhaust silencer from the engine in a flood.’
- ‘In the future, as noise pollution regulations become even stricter, we may see exhaust systems that use active noise-cancelling silencers.’
- ‘On Tuesday, the traffic police and the Transport Department plan to conduct joint inspection of vehicles that emit excess smoke, produce more noise and have defective silencers, headlamps and tail lamps.’
- ‘Its twin chamber exhaust system is made of stainless steel all the way to the silencers, before exhaust emissions leave the car through the four tailpipes.’
- ‘Besides all the traditional ways to cut noise including hard and soft foam, dash panel silencers and rear wheel-house sandwich panel, Toyota developed two new ways to help reduce noise inside the car.’
2A device used to reduce the sound of a gun as it is fired.
- ‘In a routine check the customs officers found in his bag a Kalashnikov machine gun, two pistols with silencers, ammunition and a large number of special pens, which fire bullets.’
- ‘He opened fire, the silencers muffling the gunfire to a small puff noise.’
- ‘I hold the long metal cylinder in my left hand, my right clenched around the grip of the pistol and twist the silencer into place.’
- ‘The gun probably had a silencer, as only blunt noises were heard.’
- ‘They were also charged with conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life, and possession of handguns, silencers and a machine gun.’
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.