Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1British informal A very attractive or impressive person or thing:‘the night nurse was a smasher’
beauty, belle, goddess, venus, siren, dream, vision, picture, sensation, joy to beholdView synonyms
- ‘Since David McVicar's 2000 production was such a smasher, Scottish Opera has taken Puccini's Madama Butterfly back on tour, still with many of the original cast.’
- ‘The new album features some recent smashers; ‘In The Grind’ and ‘Forsaken Dreams’ and a lot of older classics like ‘Threshold’ and ‘Friday'.’
- ‘The first studio album for 35 years from one of Britain's most influential blues/rock outfit is a smasher.’
- ‘I saw the picture you sent me, Robbo - he looks a little smasher.’
- ‘And they've just launched another smasher in the shape of the prodigious new 807 MPV.’
2[usually in combination] A person or device that breaks something up:‘riot police had clashed with window-smashers’
- ‘With a super-duper particle smasher, physicists might be able to simulate the earliest moments of the cosmos.’
- ‘But he died at 37, and left an idea of the poet not just as an outsider, but also as an iconoclast, a smasher of images, a sexual adventurer, a ‘conduit of feeling’.’
- ‘Shaeron has sent the message to horrified mirror smashers: ‘Please don't bin them’ because she needs the pieces for her latest creation.’
- ‘He thinks the window smashers are using small metal hammers from fire alarms to break the glass.’
- ‘The door smasher ran onto private property, picked up a child's scooter and using it as a weapon hit Michael on the forearm.’
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.