Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1informal Money, especially that gained or spent illegally or improperly.‘he spent $30 million of his own boodle trying to buy a Senate seat’
cash, hard cash, ready moneyView synonyms
- ‘Also, that Turner prize is worth a lot of boodle and the other competitors don't seem particularly impressive.’
- ‘Famished for power and perks, they pour out of the law schools and the centers for the study of this and that to cop the boodle when their side wins.’
- ‘Pre-election federal spending announcements are so lucrative that one strains to think up ways to get some of the boodle directed toward native communities.’
- ‘Another brainless action idol thriller rakes the box office markers into the drawer, tallies up the boodle and announces the dawn of a new era of starmaking.’
- ‘His pronouncements will inspire a lobbying contest among the upscale interests to see who can extract the most boodle from the Treasury.’
- ‘And there's nothing like the prospect of boodle to get people under the same umbrella.’
- ‘Every year she brings in more boodle, far exceeding the targets set by the council.’
- ‘But the extra boodle appears to have made no difference to how content we are.’
- ‘Yet when the logic self-destructed in practice, conservatives were remarkably content, since they had delivered the boodle to the right clients.’
- ‘Notwithstanding, when the grant kicked in in 1998, the boodle was cut in half and the capital improvement component disappeared.’
- ‘Yet he still needs mucho boodle to pay for his wars, and for the corporate welfare he doles out by the barge-load to his friends and family.’
- ‘These are sometimes called the pay cards or boodle cards.’
- ‘‘I've got enough boodle to carry us a bit,’ he said, ‘but not if you're bent on painting the town.’’
- ‘And there's really not much of a difference between them in terms of boodle.’
- ‘I should be sorry to have any boodle about me with that man in the house.’
2boodlesA great quantity, especially of money.‘Scandinavian Air has boodles of seats for America’‘the men expected to make boodles’
- ‘We've got boodles of resources, mostly wasted.’
- ‘Heck, you accused me of having boodles of energy last night!!’
- ‘They can continue to make boodles without doing anything about the fact that a growing majority of Americans are sinking economically.’
- ‘Remy has been a naughty boy all his life and now that it's coming to an end, instead of retribution, he receives oodles and boodles of mushy emotion.’
- ‘It is doubly difficult when the non custodial parent has boodles of money with which to manipulate the legal system.’
Early 17th century (denoting a pack or crowd): from Dutch boedel, boel possessions, disorderly mass Compare with caboodle.
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.