Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he works for the world's biggest oil company’
firm, business, corporation, house, establishment, agency, office, bureau, institution, organization, operation, concern, enterprise, venture, undertaking, practice
conglomerate, consortium, syndicate, group, chain, combine, multiple, multinational
informal outfit, set-up
2‘I was greatly looking forward to the pleasure of his company’
companionship, presence, friendship, fellowship, closeness, amity, camaraderie, comradeship
3‘I'm expecting company’
guests, a guest, visitors, a visitor, callers, a caller, people, someone
4‘he disentangled himself from the surrounding company of poets’
group, crowd, body, party, band, collection, assembly, assemblage, cluster, flock, herd, horde, troupe, swarm, stream, mob, throng, congregation, gathering, meeting, convention
informal bunch, gang, gaggle, posse, crew, pack
British informal shower
5‘he recognized the company of infantry as French’
unit, section, detachment, troop, corps, squad, squadron, platoon, battalion, division
‘we had originally gotten him a dog to keep him company while we were away’
accompany, go with, go along with, travel with, tag along with, partner, escort, chaperone, attend, follow, conduct, lead, take, show, see, guide, steer, usher, pilot, convoy, help, assist, show someone the way
lead the way
company, bear someone company, companion
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