Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Said ironically when introducing a banal remark or cliché.‘I had to find out the hard way—to coin a phrase’
- ‘It is clear that at one level the British and Irish Lions are a huge money-making machine that is of almost inconceivable value to whoever they happen to be visiting, but Feehan insists that, to coin a phrase, it isn't about the money.’
- ‘He is, to coin a phrase, a bankable proposition.’
- ‘Her latest book, A Life On The Wolds (Ridings Publishing, £5.50) is, to coin a phrase, an every day tale of country folk.’
- ‘A couple of years ago I gave a paper to the No 10 Policy Unit on choice, and how the government was, to coin a phrase, talking the talk but not walking the walk.’
- ‘Fixing this is, to coin a phrase, a long, hard slog.’
- ‘But how do you suddenly rid yourself of all your partisan opinions and become, to coin a phrase, fair and balanced?’
- ‘It really is poor, isn't it: the BBC imagining that lavish costumes and period detail will substitute for innovation or, to coin a phrase, relevance, but even at its worst still streets ahead of ITV's lacklustre efforts.’
- ‘Since the dissimilarities between Communism and Conservatism could not be greater; what would be the result, if they were, to coin a phrase, ‘shaken, not stirred’, together.’
- ‘The grounds of Ballybeggan Park was the venue for one of the fun events of the year and, to coin a phrase, a great night was had by all.’
- ‘Sport, to coin a phrase, has become a political football.’
- 1.1Said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one.
- ‘Saturday was a funny day in Cork, a day of two halves, to coin a phrase.’
- ‘In most cases, the proof is - to coin a phrase - in the production.’
- ‘All you have to do is put the bottle outside the plane for a minute or two, it's minus 45 or something, enough to freeze the nurglers off a predatory puma, to coin a phrase.’
- ‘It's tough out there and only the paranoid survive, to coin a phrase.’
- ‘The Church, to coin a phrase, is a gluten for self punishment.’
- ‘In two fell swoops, to coin a phrase, the credibility of professional rugby in Scotland was heavily boosted last week.’
- ‘The opening music creeps in on little cat feet, to coin a phrase.’
- ‘Well, one man's ‘philanthropist’ is another man's Richard Mellon Scaife, to coin a phrase.’
- ‘Incorporating all of the aspects that you left outside when you were building the house of the self, to coin a phrase.’
- ‘Without that matter being addressed, there is a danger that frankly, to coin a phrase, the deckchairs around the Titanic control room are being reorganised.’
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.