Definition of sub in US English:

sub

noun

informal
  • 1A submarine.

    • ‘Huge lead weights are then attached to the bottom of the sub and it sinks quickly.’
    • ‘Dr Mansell's most notable achievement was his role in establishing the remediation program for the Collins Class submarine and his work with the Navy to bring the subs to operational capability.’
    • ‘At the age of 60, the US-made sub is not only the Navy's longest-serving submarine but also the world's oldest submarine still in service.’
    • ‘Military sources here say Taiwan's navy favors German 209-class submarines or Dutch-designed Moray subs.’
    • ‘As part of the undertaking, another group of submarines was assigned to ferry two man midget subs tasked with penetrating Pearl Harbor from the sea at the same time the airmen attacked.’
    • ‘On a sub, you put out the fire, you stop the leak or you die.’
    • ‘Upon returning to Australia, the sub will dock at Australian Submarine Corporation in Adelaide.’
    • ‘With this complete, Remora carried out a touch and go, along with its first ‘mate’ with the disabled sub.’
    • ‘At this late stage of the war, the German mine-laying subs were planting their cargoes close inshore, to catch Allied shipping hugging the coast in an effort to dodge U-boats operating in deeper waters.’
    • ‘A large mast with an opening at the top would extend out of the sail of the Kilo and suck in air to circulate around the sub while the submarine recharged.’
    • ‘In fact, one Russian submarine officer refused an order to fire a nuclear tipped missile at an American ship which was dropping depth charges onto the sub.’
    • ‘One submarine will play the role of a disabled sub and the rescue team must mate Remora with the boat and rescue crew members.’
    • ‘There's a good chance they could fire on one of our own subs if we had submarines looking as well.’
    • ‘In the stormy waters off Western Australia recently it was sub versus sub in a game of cat and mouse.’
    • ‘The sub was at periscope depth for an estimated two minutes, performing scans at 60-foot and then 58-foot depths.’
    • ‘They had contracts for 688-class submarines and just got contracts for the Trident sub.’
    • ‘Raising the sub was no mean feat of underwater engineering - it weighed twenty-four thousand tons underwater and lay in 350 feet of water.’
    • ‘Many ships carrying two or three Kingfishers operated in the South Atlantic, searching for subs and blockade runners.’
    • ‘Upon surfacing, the sub received message traffic to let them know what was going on.’
    • ‘The hulls were ripped off the towed sub during a fierce storm and the submarine sank in 170 metres of water.’
    1. 1.1North American
      • ‘I made a silent bet with myself that I would ONLY stop if it were a TURKEY SUB day - subs aren't exactly on my diet.’
      • ‘Today, I kinda cheated on Lunchquest because I went back to The Goose, where I had a mushroom, peppers, and cheese melt sub, and a cup of coffee, all for £3.50.’
  • 2British A subscription.

    • ‘To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the club there is a special offer of 500 which will cover the entry fees and sub until October 1 2004.’
    • ‘Sadly, many pay their subs and consider their contribution to society fulfilled, or on some perceived slight or disagreement, take their bat home, truly most can't be bothered.’
    • ‘My own two boys play with local junior football clubs, where the annual subs are £50 per season, plus at least twice that amount supporting various fund-raising efforts.’
    • ‘Enjoy it, because an annual sub is a heart-stopping $995 a year, discounted to $695 if you sign up now.’
    • ‘Sound quality is great, and access costs either $4.99 per month, or $3.99 a month for an annual sub.’
    • ‘Your annual sub to your club includes a levy this year of R60 to the BGU.’
    • ‘Their joining fee was twice annual subscription up until September last year when they reduced it to the same as annual subs.’
    • ‘Additionally, Time Inc. has nearly 20 percent of its subs on credit cards.’
    • ‘It will cost Michael Vaughan another £14,000 initiation fee to join the golf club, plus subs of £4,500 a year.’
  • 3A substitute.

    • ‘To the relief of his team - mates, the sub headed home for the equaliser.’
    • ‘In fact on one occasion when Kiltimagh were playing in a 7-a-side in Killasser he brought the whole team plus three subs to the game.’
    • ‘The accurate boot of Radley nudged them ahead with two penalties before Aussie sub Bob Wood crashed in for a maiden try that Radley converted.’
    • ‘The remainder of the game saw the introduction of subs for both teams with Carlow introducing some significant players for next season's campaign.’
    • ‘The two subs on the team were Stephen Doyle and David Kelly.’
    • ‘It is hoped to send two teams from the parish through to the County Final in this category six members per team and two subs.’
    • ‘Two of Wicklow's six points came from Conor Flannery frees; two more were scored by last quarter subs and one by centre back Garry Doran, leaving Garrett Doyle the only forward to score from play.’
    • ‘Maybe it is more the case that trying to defend a single goal lead and introducing late subs into the game that is not a good idea.’
    • ‘Five Carlow and four Kerrymen walked to the line to be replaced by subs.’
    • ‘The other sub that day, making his debut, was Gary Smith, father of current Knights hero Chris.’
    • ‘Of course this wonderful win may not have been possible without the exceptional contribution of the subs, James Foody, Brian Curley, Chris Tuffy, Colin Morrison and Stephen Kilgannon.’
    • ‘But the key moment came when sub Dimitri Papadopoulos saw his penalty saved after Adie Williams handled Gareth Taylor's shot.’
    • ‘Waterford have included five seniors who played in the Munster championship against Tipperary and four subs in their team.’
    • ‘Graiguecullen tried hard for a goal at the finish, introducing 4 subs, but failed.’
    • ‘Kerry have a better balance all round; better team and better subs.’
    • ‘Widening the net, there is a whole football family Robinson christened Paul with enough having played at professional level to field a five-a-side team with two subs.’
    • ‘The delight of the Waterford team was clearly evident as subs and management alike smothered the goalscorer on the pitch.’
    • ‘It really is a twenty-man game now, and we showed that again by bringing on five subs and they all contributed.’
    • ‘Before the game got under way one over active steward had the subs of the Tinnahinch team removed from the sideline.’
    • ‘Each School is invited to field two seven-a-side teams with two subs for the prestigious event.’
    replacement, deputy, relief, proxy, reserve, surrogate, cover, fill-in, stand-in, standby, locum, locum tenens, understudy, stopgap, alternative, ancillary
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verb

[no object]informal
  • Act as a substitute for someone.

    ‘he subbed for Scott as weatherman’
    • ‘He had been in the hospital and Roger had subbed for him.’
    • ‘It reunited in 1996-with original bass player Glen Matlock subbing for his replacement, the late Sid Vicious - for a five-month world tour.’
    • ‘Smith subbed for Chris Brown, who they announced was injured by Mike last week.’
    • ‘The DRC's Foreign Minister, Antoine Mangalibi, subbed for Kabila.’
    • ‘Tony Braysford (centre midfield) Didn't get his foot on the ball enough and was subbed at the break.’
    • ‘Wallace subbed for Johnny Benson, Nadeau's teammate, at Daytona last July when Benson was hurt.’
    • ‘Gary was going to start a nighttime variety show weekly and I subbed one night.’
    • ‘Rookie Isaiah Smith subbed for George Brown on a few series against the Falcons.’
    • ‘But soon thereafter, McMurray subbed for the injured Sterling Marlin in Ganassi's No.40 Dodge and won at Charlotte.’
    • ‘McMurray splashed onto the Cup scene in October 2002 when he subbed for an injured Sterling Marlin at Charlotte.’
    • ‘I didn't do myself justice against Sarries and was subbed, but unfortunately by the time Tim Walsh came on the game was out of our hands.’
    • ‘Without Terry, the starting job falls to Floyd Womack, who has subbed for Terry in four games this season.’
    • ‘As for Brooks, who is very good on the PBS talking head circuit (I subbed for him a few years ago and I was a nervous wreck), more than anything else, I feel sad.’
    • ‘He never really got into the game and was eventually subbed when Lee Cartwright, a natural in that role took over.’
    • ‘Says Kenny Wallace, who subbed for Harvick, ‘This is like any other job.’’
    • ‘Edwards was recalled but was subbed at half-time after dropping a clanger in the 2-0 defeat by Leyton Orient in October.’
    • ‘Jamie McMurray, who officially will be a rookie in 2003, won in only his second Winston Cup start as he subbed for Marlin, who was injured.’
    • ‘A year ago, Jamie McMurray subbed for the injured Sterling Marlin in Ganassi's Winston Cup car, and won in only his second start in the premier stock car division.’
    • ‘I subbed my way through several counties and taught in many different establishments from the ‘rough’ to the supposed ‘good’ schools.’
    • ‘Even though I filled in for Gallagher for only one day, while Treason author Ann Coulter subbed for two, I got three times as many emails from listeners about my show as she did about hers - nearly 900.’
    deputize, act as deputy, act as a substitute, fill in, sit in, stand in, act as stand-in, cover, act as locum, be a proxy, hold the fort
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Pronunciation

sub

/səb//səb/