Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘my dear sister was talking about you only today’
beloved, loved, much loved, darling, adored, cherished, precious
esteemed, respected, worshipped
close, intimate, confidential, bosom, boon, favourite, best
2‘her belongings were too dear to entrust to sea transport’
precious, treasured, valued, prized, cherished, special, favourite, favoured
3‘your father was such a dear man’
endearing, adorable, lovable, appealing, engaging, charming, enchanting, captivating, winsome, winning, attractive, lovely, nice, pleasant, delightful, angelic, sweet, darling
North American cunning
4‘the dining car served rather dear meals’
expensive, costly, high-cost, high-priced, highly priced, big-budget, overpriced, exorbitant, extortionate
immoderate, extravagant, lavish, valuable
British upmarket, over the odds
informal pricey, steep, stiff
1‘there's no need to worry, my dear’
darling, dearest, love, beloved, loved one, sweetheart, sweet, precious, treasure
informal sweetie, sugar, honey, baby, babe, pet, sunshine, poppet
2‘Philip's such a dear’
lovable person, adorable person, endearing person
darling, sweetheart, pet, angel, gem, treasure
1‘they buy property cheaply and sell dear’
at a high price, at an excessive price, at an exorbitant price, at high cost, at great cost
‘I may be about to lose all I hold dear’
cherish, treasure, prize, value highly
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