Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Support (a building or other structure) from below by laying a solid foundation below ground level or by substituting stronger for weaker materials.
- ‘At present, it is not thought that underpinning the foundations would be enough to save the building.’
- ‘The claim of the insured included an additional claim to underpin an adjacent office block, which was not part of the insured property.’
- ‘Work began on rectifying the structural problems of the library and extra piles were inserted and the building was underpinned.’
- ‘A friend in Britain, who is a civil engineer, had given me a drawing showing an inexpensive method of underpinning the foundations.’
- ‘Eleven years ago, the Guildhall was forced to spend £626,000 underpinning the foundations of the scheduled monument which has been in council ownership since 1925.’
- ‘Mrs Lloyd said the council refuses to answer questions about underpinning her house.’
2Support, justify, or form the basis for.‘the theme of honour underpinning the two books’
starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premiseView synonyms
- ‘His know-how is underpinned by a strong appreciation of discipline.’
- ‘The story of her parents' struggle to raise four children in an alien culture underpins her book and her beliefs.’
- ‘He said, ‘We are remembering the past, honouring the present and underpinning a legacy for future generations in gathering here today.’’
- ‘In a weblogging context, XML underpins the RSS format, which is in turn used to distribute headline feeds to aggregators’
- ‘An understanding of market structure underpins all pricing decisions made by marketers.’
- ‘These themes are underpinned by unquestioned assumptions about the dangers of modern life, lazily repeated like a mantra through much of the media.’
- ‘The Government's legislation to underpin its workplace changes is yet to materialise.’
- ‘Children played cricket at the Centre on a daily basis and what was achieved there underpinned the success of Yorkshire cricket.’
- ‘The success of this arrangement was underpinned by unquestioned trust in the integrity of the medical profession.’
- ‘In this essay I want to trace the origins of some of the common principles and assumptions which underpin the writing workshop.’
- ‘The idea of fairness that underpins the democratic process is grounded in different ways in different theories.’
- ‘The exercise exposed a fundamental element of the Finnish psyche that underpins the Finnish workplace.’
- ‘In a free society law also underpins the freedoms of citizens by guaranteeing certain civil liberties and imposing legal checks on the authorities.’
- ‘His views were underpinned by his strong Christian beliefs.’
- ‘We should never lose sight of the fact that it is engagement in a real economy that underpins reciprocity in society.’
- ‘Thus, rivalry was built into the structure of material life that underpinned the economy of production and exchange.’
- ‘During the Victorian and Edwardian periods in Britain, society was underpinned by rigid moral and social values.’
- ‘Much of the collection is unique unpublished material which underpins music performance and research in Australia.’
- ‘The theme underpinning the film's murder investigation is the dire and inescapable consequences of circumstance and personal choice.’
- ‘He said the partnership process must underpin competitiveness as the core element of any possible new agreement.’
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.