One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Late Middle English: probably imitative.
winner, title-holder, defending champion, gold medallistView synonyms
- ‘The match, at RFK stadium in Washington D.C., featured two giants of European football, Barcelona and reigning European champs, A.C. Milan.’
- ‘Then there's the 2003 champ, Matthias, from Switzerland, who mounts fish and is starting to struggle with his conscience.’
- ‘Back then retired champs used to go to and care about the big championship fights.’
- ‘Will the defending champs repeat their victory, even though America has the home course advantage?’
- ‘After the white oak the actual ranking of eastern champions becomes somewhat arbitrary because successive champs are often separated by only a few points.’
- ‘An unseemly ruck developed for his services, before he eventually chose European champions Northampton ahead of English champs Leicester.’
- ‘No mistake, the Big East is among the country's best basketball conferences, boasting four different national champs in the last 20 years.’
- ‘When his wife runs off with the local darts champ, Colin sets off to Blackpool to win her back.’
- ‘After the successful launch of last year's snow season in Bulgaria's top winter resort of Bansko with Italian Alberto Tomba, another two skiing champs will cut the ribbon this year.’
- ‘So Ferrari are defending champs in both championships.’
- ‘I went to high school with future champs.’
- ‘Well, we're going to pick your favorite as we compare the cyclist victories of some other longtime sporting champs.’
- ‘And it's never too late to lace up and glide toward that dream: Carrier says her Silverbladers range in age from 18 to 70 and in skill from clueless beginners to former champs.’
- ‘Over the years, the number of national champs there dwindled as more and more people in the rest of the country joined in the search for big trees.’
- ‘I like the Vikings as NFC champs and Super Bowl runners-up.’
- ‘The defending MLS Cup champs were the surprise of the league last year.’
- ‘The Japanese baseball champs douse their star with Sapporo beer (I love the beer goggles - literally).’
- ‘It should be pointed out that 14 teams have only one player in the game, including the reigning NL champs, the Astros.’
- ‘Even the Super Bowl champs said goodbye to four integral players.’
- ‘And there is his belief that Lennox Lewis is one of the five top-ranked heavyweight champs of all time, because he revenged his defeats and then chased Tyson, before obliterating him.’
Mid 19th century: abbreviation.
An Irish dish of potatoes mashed with spring onions, butter, and milk.‘he served up mounds of fresh creamy champ with roast lamb’
- ‘There has been an Irish stew and champ night organized.’
- ‘Complementary vegetables were served featuring carrots and very moreish champ.’
- ‘He orders peppered chicken and champ.’
- ‘We shared some buttery champ, which had plenty of spring onions and a nice tarragon touch.’
- ‘She had roast cod fillet for her main course, which was served with champ potato and petit pois.’
- ‘He had the grilled ribeye steak with champ, red wine jus and roasted garlic, which I felt was a top-notch rendition.’
- ‘I ordered the shank of lamb with potato champ and winter ratatouille.’
- ‘I would have liked more scallion in my champ, but Mother ticked me off saying there was plenty in it for her.’
- ‘Chicken breast stuffed with goat's cheese served on champ mash was the meal Sharon chose to show him.’
- ‘Gordon had an all-American hamburger with fries and I had sausages and champ.’
- ‘Salmon, fish and chips, sirloin steak, and chicken breast wrapped in bacon served with champ featured among the main courses.’
- ‘Presented on a circular bed of creamy champ, this was superb.’
Late 19th century: from champ.
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