Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A type of lightweight British sub-machine gun.
- ‘He jumped on top of the pillbox, recharged the magazine, threw a grenade in through the door, and fired his Sten gun into the box, killing two Germans and making the remainder prisoners.’
- ‘They hid their Sten guns, deciding they were safer without them, but soon were arrested by a German patrol.’
- ‘My carbine was lost in the damaged container, leaving me with a Sten gun as a principal weapon.’
- ‘The man was as equally sullen; lumbering out of the shadows only after Harry was up the first flight of stairs, and positioning himself opposite the main door, a Sten gun rising up and out of his silhouette like a misshapen metal appendage.’
- ‘He grabbed his Sten gun in one hand and, holding up his trousers with the other, he brought his three captives out to us.’
- ‘The second sentry managed to fire a flare before he was cut down and killed by shots from Brotheridge's Sten gun.’
- ‘For the tirade had been so rapid, so like the Sten gun that could cut a man in two at 20 paces, that my numbed attention had wandered to the architecture and the decor.’
- ‘Weapons training introduced the students to the Colt .45 and .38, and to the Sten gun, which was considered unreliable by some.’
- ‘The following British infantry mopped up what was left of us and I reached for the sky when I found myself looking at the wrong end of a Sten gun pointed at me by a British Tommy.’
- ‘He had his Mauser rifle slung over his shoulder and I had my Sten gun ready.’
- ‘These weapons included German Schmeisser ‘burp’ guns capable of firing 450 to 550 rounds per minute, the American Thompson submachine gun, and Britain's Sten gun.’’
- ‘There was also a Second World War Sten gun which he had reactivated, a Baikal pistol to which he had added a new barrel and silencer and a shortened Kestrel shotgun.’
- ‘His heart was thumping in his chest, his Sten gun raised, aiming forward.’
- ‘Out of frustration, he fired a few bursts of automatic fire from his Sten gun into the air.’
1940s: from the initials of the inventors' surnames, S hepherd and T urpin, suggested by Bren.
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.