Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1 (of something bad) cause great and continual trouble to.‘inconsistencies that bedevil modern English spelling’
- ‘Treating the Universe as a hologram might solve one of the biggest problems bedeviling modern physics.’
- ‘The result was a profound ethnic divide that continues to bedevil political life.’
- ‘For investors, management's focus on cash flow is important since consumption trends may continue to bedevil the industry.’
- ‘It is time to put a stop to the crisis management that bedevils our health system.’
- ‘I'd say that what bedevils Pop now is its lack of artiness.’
- ‘These are questions that have long bedeviled historians who study children and childhood in early modern Europe.’
- ‘I think you should have listened and paid attention to what he said in terms of the difficulty, because that's what bedevils us right now.’
- ‘My three-day tour in the French Basque country was bedevilled by all sorts of trouble.’
- ‘The debate over how to deal with illegal immigrants has bedeviled the country for years.’
- ‘But this is a problem which bedevils political thought everywhere.’
- ‘It is these inequalities that bedevil the operations of the troubled music companies, as much as piracy.’
- ‘Gone are the spelling rules that bedeviled many students' days.’
- ‘What I don't understand is why this tragic case should be an occasion for the partisan hatred which currently bedevils our public life.’
- ‘Without a low-cost way to get into orbit this problem will continue to bedevil the space industry and its supporters.’
- ‘Domestically, complaints about university tuition fees and the state of the health service continue to bedevil him.’
- ‘In spite of the precision and speed of information, fog and friction will continue to bedevil military operations.’
- ‘This is the Buenos Aires I have fallen in love with, full of inconsistencies, bedeviled by its tragic circumstances.’
- ‘He said: ‘We started off very well but then work was bedevilled by delays due to supply of materials and bad weather.’’
- ‘Legal issues continue to bedevil the e-book market.’
- ‘Uncertainty over what to do with nuclear waste bedevils nuclear power.’
- 1.1 (of a person) torment or harass.‘he bedeviled them with petty practical jokes’
afflict, torment, beset, assail, beleaguer, plague, blight, harrow, rack, oppress, harry, curse, dogharass, distress, trouble, worry, torturefrustrate, annoy, vex, irritate, pester, irk, exasperate, strainaggravateView synonyms
- ‘He can bedevil his opponent all through the February primaries and caucuses in 17 states.’
- ‘But the voices continued to bedevil her, and later that year she was committed to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.’
- ‘Their misdeeds, if that's what they really were, haunted some to their graves and continue to bedevil the still living who are never allowed to forget them.’
- ‘When not bedevilled by his personal demons his mind is razor-sharp and positive and he uses his cue as if it was a magician's wand.’
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.