Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A military engagement that does not occur at a fixed location.
- ‘They fought a running battle in Haifa Street.’
- ‘Troops fought running battles with Iraqi forces on roads leading to Baghdad.’
- ‘The running battle up the Channel was inconclusive (two Spanish ships lost through accident) and only the English fireship attack on the Armada's anchorage off Calais broke the stalemate.’
- ‘His ‘Mahdi army’ fought running battles with the British Army in Basra and in the Maysan province.’
- ‘This set the pattern for the entire mission with a series of fierce running battles, day and night, against conventional forces and specially trained counter-SF troops.’
- 1.1 A confrontation that has gone on for a long time.
- ‘More generally, the securities and insurance industries have fought a running battle, one weapon being litigation, against the expansion of banks into these areas.’
- ‘The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a long running battle against farm pollution in California's Central Valley.’
- ‘‘We had a running battle with the Globe,’ complains the Flynn manager.’
- ‘What it certainly did was to set off a series of running battles and feuds that brought the project to a practical standstill for the next nine months.’
- ‘He had a running battle with the editor of the Vanuatu Trading Post, the country's only non-government news source.’
running battle/ˈrəniNG ˈbadl/
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.