Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he was the only one who could decipher the code’
decode, decrypt, break, work out, solve, interpret, translate, construe, explain
make sense of, make head or tail of, get to the bottom of, unravel, find the key to, find the answer to, throw light on
informal crack, figure out
British informal twig, suss, suss out
2‘the writing was rather wobbly and hard to decipher’
make out, discern, perceive, see, read, follow, fathom, penetrate, make sense of, interpret, understand, comprehend, apprehend, grasp
untangle, disentangle, sort out, piece together
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